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Shekhawat backs Jaswant, says the party is wrong

Source: PTI
September 10, 2009 15:03 IST
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Expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh found an ardent supporter in former vice-president Bhairon Singh Shekhawat today when the latter praised his book on Pakistan-founder M A Jinnah and also appeared to reprimand the party for asking him to quit Parliament's Public Accounts Committee chairman's post.

"The way Jaswant was treated was not good. After reading his book, there is a need to praise him...If Jaswant Singh's book is read carefully, (one would find that) it is worth praising," Shekhawat told reporters soon after his meeting with Singh.

"There is a fall in standards in the party. Indiscipline has increased. According to the people, Jaswant should be with the party and I am with the people," Shekhawat added. Singh called on the former BJP leader in New Delhi.

"I have known him since 1966. I came to enquire about his health," he said after meeting 86-year-old Shekhawat.

Shekhawat expressed his unhappiness over the state of affairs in BJP, which has seen internal squabbles and tussle for leadership after the Lok Sabha poll debacle.

When Singh was asked about BJP's argument that as per convention the post of PAC should remain with the main opposition, Shekhawat intervened and answered on his behalf, saying, "BJP leaders should respect Parliamentary conventions and ethics."

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