Jaswant Singh keeps his options open of contesting from Barmer as an independent

He also made veiled attacks on the party leadership but took no names, comments that came as party President Rajnath Singh and senior leader Arun Jaitley spoke of utilising Singh's services in an appropriate manner.

'The party has done this to me twice now and now there is no chance of accepting any alternative proposal,' he told the media a day after the party gave Barmer ticket to a recent entrant and Congress defector Col Sonaram Chowdhry.

Singh, who would be reaching Barmer on Sunday, refused to disclose his plans on whether he would be filing his nomination as an independent.

'Everything will be decided only after I reach Barmer and have a discussion with my supporters,' he said.

Referring to the denial of ticket to him and the 'disregarding' of other senior leaders in the party, Singh said that 'this party of ideology is tragically being encroached upon by those, who have been arch detractors of BJP's ideology.'

'It is so unfortunate that the BJP has been completely taken over by the elements (outsiders), who never have any respect of party's ideology', he said without naming anyone.

The former Union minister said that the BJP was now divided into two factions 'one which is real and the other is unreal or better put original and duplicate. Unfortunately the duplicate part has the reins of party now.'

Opposing giving tickets to those who have recently joined the party either as defectors or as new entrants in politics, Singh remarked sarcastically that 'for them it is easy to have a BJP ticket than to have a rail or a flight.'

His earlier three terms in Lok Sabha have been from Jodhpur, Chittorgarh (Rajasthan) and Darjeeling (West Bengal).

Jaswant's 'respect' can't be determined on basis of ticket: Rajnath

After denying ticket to Jaswant Singh from Barmer, BJP on Saturday sought to placate him saying that he is a senior leader and his services will be utilised appropriately.

Amid reports that Jaswant Singh is planning to quit BJP, party president Rajnath Singh insisted that his 'respect' cannot be determined on the basis of ticket.

'Jaswant Singh is a senior leader of the party and we respect him. His dignity (pratistha) cannot be measured in terms of tickets. We will utilize his services and experience appropriately,' Rajnath Singh told reporters here.

Asked whether the party will take action against him if he contests as an independent as is being reported, the BJP chief dismissed it as a hypothetical question.
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