Tuesday, June 15, 2010

BJP clears Jaswant's re-entry into party: Sources

The BJP top brass has reportedly cleared Jaswant Singh's re-entry into the party nine months after he was expelled from the party for praising Mohammad Ali Jinnah," sources have told NDTV.

The party had claimed Jaswant called Jinnah secular and Sardar Patel the man behind India's partition.

BJP sources said that party leadership is working out a formula for his return and a decision could be made any time.

BJP president Nitin Gadkari met Jaswant in New Delhi last week before leaving for the party national executive in Patna to discuss his entry into the party. Jaswant is believed to have expressed the wish that he would like to rejoin the party in the presence of the top brass.

However, the BJP's top leadership decided to hold the national executive and then deal with the issue.

When asked when Jaswant will join the BJP, party general secretary Ananth Kumar said, "When a final decision is taken our party president will present himself before the media."

NDTV had reported in May that there appeared to be a thaw between Advani and Jaswant who met each other a few times in the past 4-5 months. (Read: Will Jaswant return to BJP?)

In fact, Advani invited Jaswant to travel with him in a chartered plane for former Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat's funeral and the two travelled together to Sikar in Rajasthan where the funeral was held.

"BJP will not compromise on ideology at any cost," with these words the party on August 19, 2009, had sacked one of its founder members. (Read: BJP expels Jaswant Singh)

An emotional Jaswant Singh had questioned the party's decision saying his 30 year service had been dismissed for a book that the BJP had not even read. "After 30 years, I have been sacked over a book," said Jaswant Singh. (With PTI inputs).


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