The former external affairs minister, who had been earlier expelled from the party in August 2009 for praising Pakistan founder M A Jinnah and returned almost a year later, ruled out taking any such step again. (Agencies)
“The BJP has not had, even in times of Vajpayee, a single man (leadership). Currently, there is either one-man leadership or it is confined in a small coterie chosen by one personality. That is a choice which the BJP has made for itself," he said in an interaction at the Press Club here.
Singh had desired to contest the Lok Sabha polls from Barmer in Rajasthan but the party denied him a ticket. He then entered the fray as an Independent, an action for which he was expelled from the party last month.
He dismissed reports of 'Modi-wave’.
When asked whether he would again join the BJP, Singh said he had been expelled twice by the party and would stay ‘independent’.
However, he kept his options open on ‘supporting’ the NDA, Congress or any Third Front, saying he would back anybody on the basis of issues of "greater national good".
"I didn't say I will not support, I said I will not join the NDA. My supporting will depend entirely on issues involved...and the questions posed in Parliament,” Singh said.
"There will be occasions when I will support the NDA on issues certainly...there might arise an occasion...and if there is a Third Front which comes up or the Congress party and I find...greater national good, I will certainly support them," Singh said in response to a question.
He attacked BJP president Rajnath Singh and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje for choosing ‘Congressman’ Col Sonaram over him in Barmer.
When asked about denial of ticket to him from Barmer, Singh said senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi had already said sometime back that ‘the decision was not right and the decision was taken by BJP president and Rajasthan Chief Minister.
Singh, who is currently a member of Lok Sabha from Darjeeling in West Bengal, went on to add that Raje and the BJP had made all efforts to ensure his defeat in Barmer.
"17 or 18 members of her Cabinet were deployed in the constituency. Every possible caste, fold, sub-fold was identified and minister or representative of that caste were sent to Barmer. She visited Barmer three times to campaign against me and Mr Modi also did the honours," Singh said.
Singh said ‘great injustice’ was being done to his son Manvendra, a member of Rajasthan Assembly, expelled by the party on the charges of campaigning for him.
"He defeated the same Colonel Sonaram. The same person lost to a BJP candidate in the last assembly elections,” Singh said.
"Throughout my campaign not once did Manvendra accompany me on my tour. What has the party done is great injustice? Still the party has the right to take action. His future is in his own hands," he said.
The former BJP leader said RSS was actively campaigning for the BJP.
Singh, who was the member of the manifesto committee of the party, said it was important to re-examine the nuclear doctrine as has been mentioned in the party document.
"As far as revisiting the nuclear doctrine is concerned, in 1998, 1999...in the era of nuclear apartheid, the key word that comes up is deterrence. You can deter only the deterable. If the deterrence does not work, that means those who seek suicide, then the whole question of deterrence has to be re-examined again," he said.
Blaming the political parties for losing "moral compass" Singh said "rhetoric has now replaced logic" that has led to abrasively low point of political discourse in the country.
Singh blamed the BJP for forcing him to enter the electoral fray as an Independent.
"The party had taken the extreme step following which I had to go out of the party. The extreme step was not taken by me. The person who fought two months back in Vidan Sabha elections and lost... he was the made Lok Sabha candidate. I think it was an extreme step. My step was not extreme, but natural," Singh said.
Commenting on the war of words between the BJP and Congress, Singh said, "It is like a badminton match. BJP everyday says many things; their opposition does the same. It is sort of a war which is going on. Neither does it give any knowledge to the country nor the listener gets educated."
The former union minister said he had not joined politics for seeking any position.
"I did not come to politics for seeking any favour or charity. I had resigned from the army to join politics and I was not even a pensioner," he said.
The former external affairs minister, who had been earlier expelled from the party in August 2009 for praising Pakistan founder M A Jinnah and returned almost a year later, ruled out taking any such step again.