BJP encroached by outsiders, says Jaswant Singh Senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh on Saturday came all guns blazing as he launched a scathing attack on his detractors. Without naming anyone, he said the party was encroached by outsiders who had no regard for party's ideology. He also stressed on the need to distinguish between the real and the fake BJP. "There is an encroachment on the BJP. It is overtaking the nature and character of the party. It's so unfortunate that the party has been completely taken over by outsiders, who never have had any respect of the party's ideology," Jaswant Singh told reporters in Jodhpur. "The BJP is now divided into two factions, one which is real and the other is fake. But unfortunately, the fake faction has the reins of the party now. One has to reflect upon the principles for which the party stood and the direction in which it is being led now," he added. The strong reaction was in response to the denial of Lok Sabha election ticket to him by BJP leadership from Barmer constituency from where the veteran leader wished to contest his "last" election. Despite Singh's preference for the Barmer seat, BJP announced Col. Sonaram, who recently quit Congress, candidate for the Lok Sabha election from Barmer. According to reports, after the snub, Jaswant Singh is contemplating to quit BJP and contest the election as an independent candidate. Singh is expected to visit the constituency on Monday. He said he would take decision regarding contesting the election after talking to his supporters. This is not the only controversy the saffron party was embroiled in. Senior leader Murli Manohar Joshi reportedly declined to give way to Prime Minister nominee Narendra Modi from Varanasi seat. The party finally went ahead with announcing Modi as its Lok Sabha candidate from the holy city. Another veteran, LK Advani also gave tough time to leadership when he refused to contest election from Gandhinagar. He wanted to contest election from Bhopal. After a drama spanning two days, BJP leaders managed to mollify him as he agreed to contest from Gandhinagar. Battered with the revolt of senior leaders over seat preference, the BJP top leadership was seen scrambling to placate Jaswant Singh. On Saturday, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said she was pained over the denial of ticket to Singh. "There must have been a reason for it. But personally, I am hurt," she said. Rajnath Singh said Jaswant Singh's stature could not be measured by a ticket. Jaswant Singh represented Darjeeling in the outgoing 15th Lok Sabha. The BJP has fielded S.S. Ahluwalia from the seat now. Singh has a considerable clout on the 1.5 lakh strong Rajput community in the district. His supporters are trying to drum up support from the party cadres in the district. On Saturday, BJP workers protested the snub to Jaswant by burning effigy of Vasundhra Raje, who they blamed of playing an instrumental role in denying the ticket to the former defence minister. BJP encroached by outsiders, says Jaswant Singh : India, News - India Today ******************************************* There seems to be an indication that the BJP leadership has sort of split into two, There is no doubt that Advani has good reason to sulk, but then he had built up his own group of followers. After all, Advani is the architect of the growth of BJP into a national party. He has, however, failed twice to return BJP to power after the stint under Vajpayee and so his effort and value is indicative of past the expiry date. Also, he has not been able to galvanise the electorate being too staid in approach. On the other hand, his protege, Modi, seems to have come up from behind and has taken the centre-stage and seems to have galvanised a large section of the national electorate, even in areas where the BJP has no standing. This obviously would have been a body blow to Advani's stature, and very few can bear this personal affront of being second in popularity with the general people. There is no doubt he is nurturing the fond hope that the BJP will not have the numbers to patch up a coalition and prospective allies may not be partial to Modi, and instead will not mind, Advani/ Sushma Swaraj, his acolyte! Hence, even Sushma Swaraj is showing guarded dislike with the way Modi and his bandwagon are calling the shot and having their way. They are not averse to harbouring Schadenfreude if Modi fails to garner the necessary numbers. But then Jaswant is right that too many turncoats of other parties who were averse to BJP are flying in like birds of prey and perching on BJP platform and being rewarded with seats at the expense of the true blues of BJP! But wily Modi is more interested in the numbers that wins at the hustings and damn their ideology or character! What should triumph - morality or winability at all costs?