Jaswant, a sitting Lok Sabha MP from Darjeeling, wants to contest the polls from Barmer in Rajasthan. However, the party is keen on fielding Jat leader Colonel (retired) Sonaram, who quit the Congress to join BJP earlier this month, from Barmer.

Sources said that Jaswant has spoken to party president Rajnath Singh and expressed his desire to contest the election from Barmer. The BJP has not announced any candidate from this seat yet.

“He has said that he is anguished that his name has not been announced yet,” a party leader said preferring anonymity.

There are reports that Jaswant, who is adamant on contesting from Barmer, will file his nomination on March 24 as an independent candidate if the BJP fails to give him a ticket from here.

BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman, however, played down reports of Jaswant’s threat, saying the party leaders have aspirations at the time of elections and there is nothing wrong about it.

The BJP’s Central Election Committee had earlier on Wednesday announced names of 21 candidates out of a total 25 Lok Sabha constituencies in Rajasthan.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje is also favouring Colonel (retired) Sonaram’s name ever since he joined the BJP earlier this month. The Chief Minister believes that the Jat leader has a better chance as the constituency has a large Jat population.


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