Congress reminds Jaswant of his exit from BJP

New Delhi: The Congress party today took a dig at NDA's vice presidential nominee Jaswant Singh reminding him of his unceremonious exit from BJP three years back for praising Pakistan's founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah in his book.

"This is NDA's decision as to whom they make their vice presidential candidate. We wonder whether his party is with him or not. Three years ago, Jaswant Singh was thrown out from the same BJP in a very humiliating manner," party spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters in New Delhi.

Jaswant Singh. PTI

His comments came on a day, when NDA unanimously decided for a contest against UPA's vice presidential nominee Hamid Ansari and fielded Jaswant Singh as its candidate.

Singh, a member of the BJP since it was formed in 1980, was expelled from his party in August 2009 for the praise he heaped on Jinnah in his book Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence.

The incident had happened when a Chintan Baithak of the BJP was going on in Shimla.

Tewari said his party is confident of the victory of its vice presidential candidate.

"There is no worry about the numbers. We have that," he said.


Updated Date: Jul 16, 2012 21:56 PM

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