Indore, July 26: Demanding the removal of Jaswant Singh as leader of the BJP in the Rajya Sabha, senior party leader Rajendra Dharkar yesterday said he was guilty of "gross indiscipline" for criticising Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in his new book.
Defending Modi, Dharkar said in a statement, "the Gujarat Chief Minister is the best Chief Minister of the country and under his leadership, the BJP has excelled in all elections in the state -- from the assembly to the local and village-level bodies' polls."
Dharkar, a former Madhya Pradesh Minister, criticised Singh for blaming Modi for his "failure" to control the 2002 violence in Gujarat in his book "a call to honour" and also for his remarks on the party's role in the demolition of the disputed Babri Mosque.
"This is an insult to the feelings of crores of devotees of lord ram," Dharkar said in his statement.
"The way Singh was defeated in the Lok Sabha polls (by) a little known Congress worker is an example that people have not liked his deeds, specially in the case of the hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane to Kandhar," he said.
He alleged that Singh had never taken part in any protest by the BJP and had occupied higher positions because of his closeness to senior leaders of the party.