Manvendra, an MLA from Shiv under Barmer Lok Sabha constituency, has been campaigning for his father and former union minister, who is contesting as an independent candidate. He also did not attend the party meetings in favour of the BJP’s official candidate Sonaram Choudhary. (Agencies)
The decision to suspend Manvendra was taken by BJP's Rajasthan unit following reports that he was campaigning against Choudhary in Barmer and supporting Jaswant Singh, who has been denied a ticket from this parliamentary constituency by the saffron party this time.
Rajasthan BJP sources said this amounts to ‘gross anti-party activities’.
Reacting to the latest political developments, Jaswant Singh termed the BJP’s actions against his son as injustice.
"This kind of step has been taken with the intention of taking revenge. This is condemnable because he is here for so many days and I never used to meet him fearing what the party will think about it. Injustice has been done surely,” he said.
On the direction of the party central leadership, Manvendra's case was referred to the state disciplinary action committee and till then his primary membership has been suspended, Onkar Singh Lakhawat, state BJP vice-president, said in Jaipur.
The disciplinary action committee would take up this matter soon for a final decision, if any, Lakhawat added.
The BJP earlier expelled Jaswant Singh for entering the electoral fray in Barmer as an independent candidate against the party's official nominee after he was refused the party ticket. The BJP has this time fielded Choudhary, a Congress defector, from the Barmer Lok Sabha seat.
The party's Rajasthan unit had resented Manvendra's actions of supporting a dissident leader and BJP state unit president Ashok Parnami had written to the party's central unit seeking action against him.
As per the party's constitution, the state unit of the party cannot initiate disciplinary action against a leader, who is a member of the national executive.
Lakhawat had led a two-member panel to visit Barmer and take stock of the situation there and prepared a report that he sent to the party’s central leadership on Wednesday.
Taking into consideration the recommendation of BJP's Rajasthan party chief, BJP president Rajnath Singh decided to remove Manvendra from the national executive, paving the way for further action against him.
In a letter to Parnami on Thursday, BJP general secretary JP Nadda informed him of the party president's decision of removing Manvendra from the national executive.
Manvendra, an MLA from Shiv under Barmer Lok Sabha constituency, has been campaigning for his father and former union minister, who is contesting as an independent candidate. He also did not attend the party meetings in favour of the BJP’s official candidate Sonaram Choudhary.