Jaswant rules out returning to BJP, says it’ll be betrayal of people

Barmer (Raj): Expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh has ruled out the possibility of returning to the party fold after the election results are out tomorrow, saying this would be a “betrayal” of the people.

Talking to reporters here yesterday, Singh said that he had promised the people of Barmer and Jaisalmer that he would not return to BJP, “so now there is no question of doing it”.

Singh, who contested the Lok Sabha elections from Rajasthan’s Barmer Lok Sabha seat as an Independent after being denied a party ticket, said the people of Barmer and Jaisalmer will decide his new role after the election results.

The veteran leader, who had held external affairs, defence and finance portfolios during the earlier NDA regimes, said he had started his political career during the 4th General Elections (in 1967) but the support he got from the people in the 16th Lok Sabha elections was “unprecedented”.

On a question on exit poll surveys, Singh questioned their veracity, saying while one survey predicted 350 seats for NDA, another gave around 250 seats.

He said that no BJP leader from Delhi had contacted him in the past few days, and added he, however, had visited former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and met senior leader L K Advani after the polling. But the meetings were not political, he added.

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