Full text: BJP's letter expelling Jaswant Singh for Barmer rebellion
The expulsion came on Staurday, the final date for withdrawing nominations.
Senior party leader Jaswant Singh, contesting as an independent candidate from the Barmer seat in Rajasthan, was on Saturday expelled from the party. Singh, who candidly said the party's new face is not in keeping with its original ethos, was expelled for six years along with a close confidante.
The expulsion came on Saturday, the last date for withdrawing nominations. He will now face the BJP's official candidate in Barmer, Col Sonaram Chowdhry, a Congress rebel who joined the BJP a couple of months ago.
In a letter to the Rajasthan state unit chief of the BJP, National General Secretary Jagat Prakash Nadda has said that since Singh has not withdrawn his nomination even on the last date for withdrawals, there has been a demand for disciplinary action against the leader and his supporters.
Section 25 (9) of the BJP constitution provides for the immediate expulsion of members who contest election against official party candidates, the letter says.
"Therefore, according to directions of the national president of the party, Jaswant Singh (MP and member of the national executive) and special invitee to the national executive Subhash Meheria are hereby expelled from party membership for six years," the letter says.
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