The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) did not wait even to serve a show cause notice to former Union minister Jaswant Singh and expelled him from party within hours of his refusal to withdraw his nomination as an independent from Barmer.
The same party is, however, in a fix while mulling disciplinary action against Jaswant’s son Manvendra Singh, BJP legislator from Sheo constituency in Barmer fearing backfire and resentment in party cadres.
After reports of Manvendra campaigning for his father surfaced, the party deputed national secretary Bhupendra Yadav and vice president Onkar Singh Lakhawat to assess the ground reality and prepare a report after visiting the constituency.
The panel was expected to submit its report by April 5, but has still not submitted it.
Manvendra was seen in pictures, which appeared in a section of media, attending ceremony for opening of election office of his father Jaswant who is contesting as an independent after the party denied him ticket from Barmer.
Manvendra had sought leave from the party affairs citing health reasons after his father decided to contest as an independent.
According to the party insiders, Manvendra faces expulsion for six years on disciplinary grounds but the party has to prove it on record that he is canvassing for his father.
Moreover, the senior party leaders also expect action against Manvendra to backfire as it could lead to resentment and rebellion in the party cadres.
“We are preparing the report and will submit it soon,” said Lakhawat who is touring the constituency.
Party state president Ashok Parnami said the party would decide on action only after receiving the report.