According to sources, the BJP may take action against Jaswant if he fails to withdraw his nomination.

The 76-year-old leader, who was accompanied by some of his supporters, filed the nomination papers in four sets in the collector's office.

Soon after filing his nomination, Singh said, "I have taken a step for Barmer. Relief is what I am feeling right now. I am contesting on principles and for honour, not just for my honour, but for the honour of all citizens of Barmer.”

Jaswant turned rebellion since the BJP has chosen prominent Jat leader Colonel (retired) Sonaram Choudhury, who defected from the Congress earlier this month, as its candidate from Barmer.

Asserting that he is ‘not a piece of furniture’ to be ‘adjusted’ after the polls, Jaswant made it clear on Sunday that the BJP will have to suffer the consequences of internal strife coming to the fore ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

Jaswant has, however, not resigned from the BJP yet. The 76-year-old leader earlier said that he would take a decision in this regard after holding consultation with his supporters.

On the specific query about his resignation in the wake of his 48-hour deadline to the BJP, he said, "I will speak about this after consulting my colleagues and others in Barmer and then take a decision."        

Meanwhile, Jaswant’s son Manvendra Singh, who is currently an MLA in Vasundhara Raje-led government in Rajasthan, has also indicated that he might follow in his father's footsteps.

Rejecting reports that he has written to the BJP about the current situation, he said, "I have not written to the party and I have informed the party that I am stressed out and need some rest."
    
BJP sources said that Manvendra has sought a month's off to rest and is unlikely to attend the party meetings in Rajasthan for the preparations and campaigning during the Lok Sabha polls.
    
Jaswant Singh has been demanding a party ticket from his home constituency of Barmer, saying this is his last election.

He represented the Darjeeling constituency in the outgoing Lok Sabha, from where the party has nominated former Rajya Sabha member SS Ahluwalia.

Jaswant was a senior minister in Atal Behari Vajpayee-led NDA government in which he held important portfolios of External Affairs, Defence and Finance.

I am betrayed by Rajnath, Raje: Jaswant Singh
     
Jaswant Singh attacked party president Rajnath Singh and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, accusing them of "betraying" him.
    
"Who are the people who have hurt you? One is the BJP president who has hit me for the second time. The conspiracy was hatched by Vasundhara Raje. I say with regret and pain that these two persons have sort of betrayed me, cheated me. The betrayal is not with Jaswant Singh alone but with BJP's principles and ideologies," he said while addressing supporters after filing his nomination.
    
Though the 76-year-old leader launched a stinging diatribe against Singh and Raje, he made no mention of party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
    
As BJP president in 2009, Rajnath Singh had expelled him from party in a manner in which even a "peon" is not sacked, Jaswant Singh said, adding that he got carried away by emotions when he joined back the party.
    
The former Union Minister said he had informed Advani almost 18 months back of his wish to contest his last election from hometown Barmer and then told Rajnath Singh and L K Advani a few weeks back.
    
"No announcement was made about Barmer in first few meetings (of CEC). I called up Rajnath Singh. He informed me the next day that I won't be given ticket.... Who was given ticket? Not a BJP worker but somebody who joined BJP from Congress and had been abusing us till recently. I was very hurt," he said.
    
Jaswant Singh claimed BJP was no more a party of principles and was fast being encroached upon by the outsiders.
    
"There is no place of values and principles in BJP anymore, which once were central to the party. Its 'chaal, charitra, chehra' are changing in new hands," said the rebel leader, who arrived in Barmer from his ancestral village Jasol this afternoon along with his wife and supporters and headed straight to the collectorate to file the nomination.
    
Addressing the gathering at Adarsh Stadium with a huge poster showing him with Vajpayee in the backdrop, he said that it was time to give a befitting reply to Rajnath and Raje.     
"Rajnath had assured me that I will be given ticket from Barmer... but he reneged upon his promise," said Singh.

Referring to Raje, he claimed it was he had paved the way for making her the chief minister of the state but "out of jealousy, she contrived with other leaders to put a cross on my name".

Leader should accept party’s no with smile: Arun Jaitley

BJP leader Arun Jaitley had earlier criticized Jaswant Singh’s step, saying he should accept the party's 'no' with a smile after being showered with privileges and positions.

In an article on his website, Jaitley differed with Jaswant Singh for protesting over denial of ticket to him from Rajasthan's Barmer, saying the Bharatiya Janata Party's decision should be accepted with a smile as a test of loyalty and discipline.

"This becomes a test of his loyalty and discipline. Restraint and silence are always a preferred option. Over reaction may prove be a transient storm in a tea cup. Silence is always dignified and more gracious," he said in an apparent reference to Jaswant without naming him.

JPN/Agencies

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