New Delhi: Rebel BJP leader Jaswant Singh, who filed his nomination papers as an Independent candidate for Barmer seat in Rajasthan defended his move saying it is a matter of principle. "It is the conflict between the BJP and the BJP that is today aggressing and assaulting the conceptual and territorial integrity of the party," Jaswant Singh said.
The rebel BJP leader also took a dig at Narendra Modi saying, "A person being projected more than a party or the country is not acceptable to me. I have served with Mr Vajpayee and he never endeavoured to project himself." Jaswant Singh further said that he missed the leadership of Vajpayee.
He went on to say that he didn't have issues with Modi slogans, but he was uncomfortable of an individual being treated as god.
While speaking to Editor-in-Chief of IBN18 Network Rajdeep Sardesai, the veteran leader also said that the people were upset over the BJP's decision to give the Barmer ticket to Colonel Sona Ram Choudhary. "The people of Barmer and Jaisalmer are upset over the BJP's decision," he said.
On being asked, that he was 76 and youngsters should be given a chance in the party, Jaswant Singh said, "Yes there should be a change, but this is no change when there is a Congress turncoat."
Jaswant Singh, however, denied saying that there was a faction fighting within the BJP. "I do blame the judgement of the party because I had spoken to Rajnath Singh and about a year and a half ago I had mentioned to Vasundhara Raje that there are three constituencies in Rajasthan from where I would like to contest from, Chittor, Jaipur and Barmer which I wanted to represent from a long time because it is my home constituency," he said.
The rebel BJP leader also rebutted claims that he was self-seeking and wanted to contest from a winning seat. "The claims are totally absurd, I went to the Darjeeling on the request of the party and this is not change this is perversion.
Jaswant Singh also said that his reputation was intact in Barmer after he decided to quit the BJP and contest as an Independent.