The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) ticket troubles continued to haunt it on Friday after senior leader Jaswant Singh expressed his annoyance over not being considered from Rajasthan's Barmer constituency and has indicated he "may even consider" contesting the Lok Sabha elections as an Independent.
A file photo of vice presidential candidate Jaswant Singh speaks to the media after filing his nomination papers at Parliament in New Delhi. AFP/Raveendran
The BJP's refusal to give in to Singh's demand comes a day after party patriarch LK Advani accepted the party's diktat on where he will contest the national election from after a 24-hour sulk.
Singh, according to reports, has registered his protest to the party after it fielded Colonel Sonaram Chaudhary, who recently switched to the BJP from the Congress, from Barmer.
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The MP from Darjeeling in West Bengal had expressed his desire to contest, what may be his last election, from the Barmer seat.
"He may even consider contesting the election as an Independent," a senior state leader told IANS.
BJP leaders in Barmer have warned that they would resign if Sonaram is fielded.
They say that someone who has for long been with the Congress should not be fielded from Barmer as this will send a wrong message to the voters.
The Rajasthan BJP is facing dissidence from some senior leaders and workers after the party's candidates for the Lok Sabha polls were announced.
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For instance, Sumedhanand, the BJP candidate from Sikar, being opposed by some sections who wanted the ticket for local leaders like Subhash Maharia or Hariram Ranwa.
"Some workers pelted stones at the cavalcade of Sumedhanand when he was on his way to his Piprali ashram from Bajore in Sikar yesterday (Thursday)," said a BJP leader in Sikar.
Supporters of Ranwa and Maharia held separate meetings with local leaders to register their protest.
A delegation of party workers will soon meet chief minister Vashundhara Raje to convey their opposition to the manner in which tickets have been distributed.
Maharia, a former minister in prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government, may also contest as an independent if he is denied a BJP ticket.
Some leaders are also protesting against shooter-turned-politician Col (retd) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore's candidature from the Jaipur rural constituency.
Voting for the 25 parliamentary constituencies in the state will take place April 17 and 24.
In the last elections in 2009, the Congress won 20 seats and the BJP four, while one seat was won by an Independent.
(With IANS inputs)