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BJP expells Jaswant Singh's son Manvendra Singh from national executive

Friday, 11 April 2014 - 8:45am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna

The BJP has removed Manvendra Singh, the son of expelled party leader Jaswant Singh and MLA from Sheo in Rajasthan, from its national executive.

The party leadership took the decision following complaints that Manvendra was seeking votes for his father, who is contesting as an independent from Barmer after the party denied him a ticket. Jaswant, who is contesting against the BJP's nominee Sonaram Chowdhury, was expelled last month.

When contacted, Manvendra told dna, "I am saddened." He refused to say anything more.

BJP national general secretary JP Nadda on Thursday wrote to Rajasthan party president Ashok Parnami informing him that after discussion with party president Rajnath Singh the BJP had decided to expel Manvendra from the membership of national executive. The central leadership's decision was based on the state unit's complaint that Manvendra was campaigning against the party.

Party workers in the state had complained that Manvendra, who had earlier defeated Chowdhury in 2004 from Barmer when he was in the Congress, was campaigning against him. Manvendra had taken a month's leave from the party citing health reasons. He had lost the 2009 Lok Sabh election.

Being a member of the BJP's national executive, the state unit cannot initiate disciplinary action against him as per party constitution.

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