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Former union minister and BJP leader Jaswant Singh passed away, PM Modi tweets condolences

A close confidante of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Singh played an important role in strengthening BJP’s position in Rajasthan.

Known for his charisma and straightforwardness, former Union Minister Jaswant Singh passed away at 82 on 27th September 2020. He was hospitalised in Army Hospital since 2014 after he fell in his bathroom and suffered a head injury.

Several leaders, including PM Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, and others, posted messages remembering the leader.

A close confidante of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Singh played an important role in strengthening BJP’s position in Rajasthan. Singh served as External Affairs Minister and Defence minister during the Vajpayee-led NDA government. He is often remembered for his role in handling relationships with the United States after the 1998 nuclear tests.

In 2009, under fire on Singh’s book eulogising Pakistan’s founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the BJP had expelled him and disassociated from the content of the book. In 2014, he was again expelled for a period of six years after he refused to withdraw his nomination as an independent candidate against BJP’s official nominee in Rajasthan’s Barmer Lok Sabha constituency.

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