Jaswant Singh, who is the NDA nominated candidate for the 2012 Vice Presidential elections, has a thin chance against UPA 2 candidate Hamid Ansari, since the numbers add up to show Ansari as a clear winner. So is Singh fighting a token fight?
“An election for the 2nd highest position in a republic can never be classified as tokenism,” Jaswant Singh said to CNN-IBN.
PA Sangma, NDA’s candidate for President has said in an interview that he will surely win as he believes in miracles.
“Do I expect a miracle? I think my life has been full of adventure, full of challenges. The better word for you to use would be is it an appropriate challenge? Yes it is,” Singh said.
“The word in Hindi for a candidate is ‘umeedwar’. An umeedwar implies an inbuilt and inherent ’umeed’(hope),” he added.
Jaswant Singh, who had served first as External Affairs minister and then as Home minister in the NDA regime, was ousted from the BJP for praising Jinnah in his book in 2009. He was readmitted to BJP in 2010.
“I am what I am and I shall remain what I am. The events have moved. The wheel has come a full circle. And now we are facing a new challenge. Its a great honour that the NDA has conferred upon me by unanimously deciding my name and I accept the challenge,” he said.