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Congress leader and former Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot attends a condolence meeting for former Union Minister the late Jaswant Singh, in Jodhpur.

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Manvendra Singh, son of former union minister late Jaswant Singh, performs the last rites of his father during cremation at his farmhouse in Jodhpur. Jaswant Singh, 82, died after a cardiac arrest at Delhi's Army Hospital (Research & Referral), where he had been admitted in June.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh pays tribute to former Union Minister Jaswant Singh who passed away earlier today, at his residence in New Delhi.

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Family members of former Union Minister Jaswant Singh, who passed away earlier today, mourn, at his residence in New Delhi.

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An ambulance carrying the mortal remains of former Union Minister Jaswant Singh who passed away earlier today, leaves for Jodhpur, at his residence in New Delhi.

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BJP leaders Vasundhara Raje, Dushyant Singh and Rajiv Pratap Rudy with Manvendra Singh, son of former Union Minister Jaswant Singh who passed away earlier today, at his residence in New Delhi.

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BJP leader Om Prakash Mathur pays tribute to former Union Minister Jaswant Singh, who passed away earlier today, at his residence in New Delhi.

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Defence Minister Rajanth Singh and BJP leaders Vasundhara Raje, Dushyant Singh meet Bhupinder Singh, son of former Union Minister Jaswant Singh, who passed away earlier today, at his residence in New Delhi.

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Senior BJP leader and former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje pays tribute to former Union Minister Jaswant Singh who passed away earlier today, at his residence in New Delhi.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh pays tribute to former Union Minister Jaswant Singh who passed away earlier today, at his residence in New Delhi.

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In this file photo, is seen Former Union Minister Jaswant Singh in New Delhi. Singh passed away at the age of 82 following a long spell of illness, in New Delhi.

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In this file photo, is seen Former Union Minister Jaswant Singh at Parliament House in New Delhi. Singh passed away at the age of 82 following a long spell of illness, in New Delhi.

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In this file photo, is seen Former Union Minister Jaswant Singh with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in New Delhi. Singh passed away at the age of 82 following a long spell of illness, in New Delhi.

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In this file photo, is seen Former Union Minister Jaswant Singh with former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell in New Delhi. Singh passed away at the age of 82 following a long spell of illness, in New Delhi.

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In this file photo, is seen Former Union Minister Jaswant Singh with Congress President Sonia Gandhi and late former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, at Parliament House in New Delhi. Singh passed away at the age of 82 following a long spell of illness, in New Delhi.

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In this file photo, is seen Former Union Minister Jaswant Singh at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. Singh passed away at the age of 82 following a long spell of illness, in New Delhi.

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In this file photo, is seen Former Union Minister Jaswant Singh in Madrid, Spain. Singh passed away at the age of 82 following a long spell of illness, in New Delhi.

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In this file photo, is seen Former Union Minister Jaswant Singh after an NDA meeting in New Delhi. Singh passed away at the age of 82 following a long spell of illness, in New Delhi.

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Advani, BJP’s ‘Iron Man’ failed to show his mettle in handling l’affaire Goyal

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Former BJP leader Jaswant Singh suffers head injury following a fall at his residence, in New Delhi. Singh is in a critical condition after being operated upon at the Army Research and Referral Hospital.

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In the cold Jaswant Singh in Barmer

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Senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh with supporters at a rally after filing his nomination papers as an independent candidate in Barmer.

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Senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh files his nomination papers as an independent candidate in Barmer.

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Senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh at his farmhouse in Jodhpur.

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TV Grab: Upset over not getting seat of his choice, senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh breaks down during an interview.

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A file photo of senior BJP Jaswant Singh whom the party denied a ticket in the Lok Sabha elections in Rajasthan.

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BJP President Rajnath Singh with party leaders Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari, Uma Bharti, Jaswant Singh and Ananth Kumar addressing the media at senior leader LK Advani's residence in New Delhi.

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BJP members in the JPC Jaswant Singh, Gopinath Munde and Harin Pathak during a press conference in Parliament in New Delhi.

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Union minister Veerappa Moily and BJP MP Jaswant Singh at Parliament House in New Delhi during the ongoing Budget session.

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New and Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah and BJP MP Jaswant Singh during the ongoing budget session at Parliament House in New Delhi.

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Senior BJP leaders Jaswant Singh and Yashwant Sinha during the first Digvijay Singh Memorial lecture on "Bhagwad Gita ka Sandesh" in New Delhi.

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BJP leaders LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari, Arun Jaitley, Jaswant Singh and JD-U President Sharad Yadav at an NDA meeting in New Delhi

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NDA's Vice Presidential Candidate Jaswant Singh is greeted with a shawl by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa during a meeting at her residence in Chennai on Monday.

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NDA's Vice Presidential candidate Jaswant Singh shakes hands with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar before a meeting at in New Delhi. JD-U MP Shivanand Tiwari and BJP MP Syed Sahnawaz are also seen.

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NDA's nominee Jaswant Singh with his wife Sheetal Kumari leaves after filing his nomination papers at Parliament House in New Delhi.

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NDA's nominee Jaswant Singh, accompanied by senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, JD-U President Sharad Yadav and Shiv Sena leaders Anant Geete filing his nomination papers in Parliament House in New Delhi.

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A file photo of senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh who was announced as NDA's vice-presidential candidate in New Delhi. Putting behind differences on the issue of Presidential poll candidate, BJP-led NDA unanimously chose Jaswant Singh as its vice-presidential candidate against UPA nominee Hamid Ansari, who had earned the opposition's ire during the Lokpal Bill debate in Rajya Sabha.

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Senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh is greeted by LK Advanai and other NDA leaders after he was announced as their vice-presidential candidate in New Delhi.

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Senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh (R) talks to party leaders Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari and Janata Party President Subramanian Swami after being announced as NDA's vice-presidential candidate in New Delhi.

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Vice President Hamid Ansari with ICCR President and Congress MP Karan Singh, Minister for Law and Justice Salman Khurshid and BJP leader Jaswant Singh at the release of the Shashi Tharoor's book Pax Indica in New Delhi.

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NDA leaders L K Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari, Jaswant Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sharad Yadav Subramanian Swamy and others leaders at a meeting in New Delhi to decide upon NDA's candidate for the Presidential polls.

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BJP National President Nitin Gadkari lighting the lamp at the release of the book Those Were The Days And Then - The Life & Times of Lal Kishen Advani written by Mira Govind Advani in New Delhi. BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj, Jaswant Singh and Rajnath Singh are also seen.

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Jaswant Singh BJP USP Sophisticated Thakur who could come in handy if 2014 polls give a hung verdict. Backers NDA doesn’t have the numbers but neither does UPA. Faced with the prospect of propping up SAD’s Parkash Singh Badal, BJP might give the Thakur a half-hearted look-see. But Bhairon Singh Shekhawat fiasco is still in mind.

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Election Budget 2003
FM: Jaswant Singh, NDA
GDP growth in 2003: 3.8%
Measures: Rs 60,000 crore on roads, airports, seaports, infra corridor; 50 paise cess on petrol and diesel; Tax surcharge on incomes below Rs 8.5 lakh removed, standard deduction relaxed; Cluttered excise rates cleaned up.
Elections in 2004— Voted out

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ICCR President Karan Singh with BJP leader Jaswant Singh admiring a work of industrialist, politician and philanthropist Kamal Morarka displayed at an exhibition "The Natures Trail" in New Delhi.

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*TV grab* Senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh speaks in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi. With the CBI deciding to examine him in the 2G case, the senior BJP leader, who was the finance minister in NDA government, today said that no irregularities were committed during his tenure.

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Union Home Minister P Chidambaram with FICCI Vice President & country head, HSBC, Naina Lal Kidwai and BJP leader Jaswant Singh and Chairman PM's Economic Advisory Council, C Rangarajan during a discussion on Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar's paper "The Elephant that become a Tiger: 20 years of Economic Reform in India" in New Delhi.

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Senior BJP leaders L K Advani and Jaswant Singh exchange greetings at a function to celebrate the birth anniversary of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee at Parliament house in New Delhi.

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Senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh speaks in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi.

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BJP MPs Jaswant Singh and Murli Manohar Joshi with Congress MP Suresh Kalmadi at Parliament House during the ongoing winter session in New Delhi.

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Lok Sabha MP Jaswant Singh greets Senior BJP leader L K Advani while rejoining the party in New Delhi. Singh was expelled from the party over his book on Pakistan's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah in August last year. BJP president Nitin Gadkari and senior leader Sushma Swaraj look on.

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The Vice President Shri Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, the Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the Union Finance Minister Shri Jaswant Singh releasing the commemorative coins in memory of Maharana Pratap in New Delhi

File photo of former vice prez Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, who died today, with Jaswant Singh at a meeting in Jaipur. 87-year-old Shekhawat breathed his last at 11.10 AM at the Swai Man Singh Hospital in Jaipur

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Former Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh signs a copy of his controversial book about Pakistan's founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi, Pakistan. The book attracted much criticism in India for Singh's praising of Jinnah.

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Then foreign minister Jaswant Singh with King Fahd in Riyadh

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The Dividing Line
The BJP’s Jaswant Singh already seems a lonely man at his Jinnah book launch.

Jaswant Singh vs the BJP
Jaswant Singh’s book partially exonerating the Qaid-e-Azam of a role in the Partition role stirred up a storm in the BJP. Jaswant finally went, kicking and screaming. Then BJP ideologue Arun Shourie joined the rebellion, managing to get Tarzan, Humpty-Dumpty and “Alice in Blunderland” into one concise 23-minute interview (Part I).

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Darjeeling MP Jaswant Singh comes together with members from women's wing of Gorkha Janamukti Morcha to demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland.

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Sept. 17, 2000
President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton as they applaud Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during the State Dinner at the at the White House. Clinton toasted a renewed US-India friendship at the largest dinner of his presidency. Nearly 700 people ate in a tent on the South Lawn, beneath crystal chandeliers at tables decorated with hydrangeas, cream china and gold candles.

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Expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh talks to the media as he leaves after chairing a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) meeting at Parliament in New Delhi. BJP and other NDA MPs of PAC stayed away from the meeting.

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Jaswant Singh, gestures during a press conference after his expulsion from the party, in Shimla.

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Jaswant Singh, whose book eulogising Mohd Ali Jinnah has come under attack from BJP and the sangh parivar, was today expelled from the BJP.

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Jinnah yahaan... Former Indian foreign minister and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Jaswant Singh, right, and Pakistan’s high commissioner to India, Shahid Malik, left, pose at the release of Singh’s book “Jinnah- India, Partition, Independence” in New Delhi

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Senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh, former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand B S Koshiyari and Roshan Giri, General Secretary GJMM, releasing a booklet 'Why Gorkha Land' in New Delhi.

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Senior BJP leader and party candidate from Darjeeling, Jaswant Singh, standing in front of world heritage D H R steam engine during his campaign.

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The odd man out. LK Advani with senior leaders Jaswant Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley during the launch of party's IT vision in New Delhi. Mr Jaitley's problems with Party President Rajnath Singh over the appointment of Sudhanshu Mittal, a businessman known as a fixer, as co-convener of North-East Affairs is well-known. Post Script: Many believed that this rift led to the party not doing as well as it could have. Before the year was out, Mr Rajnath Singh's term as party president had ended and Mr Jaitley was ensconced as the leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha. Mr Jaswant Singh, of course, had been "expelled" from the party over l'affaire Jinnah, but there already was talk of his "home-coming" in the coming year.

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The grand old pucca-accented Rajput of the BJP is in the eye of a storm for he allegedly served diluted opium in a traditional offering to guests made up of BJP dissidents. Although opium continues to be widely consumed across the state, it is still technically a crime. So a local Jodhpur court, acting on a citizen's complaint, has now directed the police to charge Jaswant under the NDPS act. The man himself has gone uncharacteristically quiet, going only so far as to say in that clipped accent that he had "served kesar", not opium. Even serving opium, his supporters say, is a centuries-old tradition.

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Monday 23 July
Setting the stage for a triangular contest in an all-Muslim race for the second highest office in the country, UPA-Left nominee Mohammad Hamid Ansari and NDA candidate Najma Heptulla have filed their nomination papers for the August 10 Vice Presidential poll and will clash with Third Front aspirant Rashid Masood, a former union minsiter and a Samajwadi Party MP. While Heptulla, the grand niece of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, had a over three-decades association with Congress before leaving the party to join BJP in 2004, 70 -year-old Mohd Hamid Ansari is a seasoned diplomat and currently the chairman of the National Commission for Minorities. In the past, only two Muslims have held the office of Vice President -- Zakir Hussain was the second Vice President and Mohammed Hidyatullah was the sixth Vice President

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Tuesday 1 August
And here is the man for whom translators are required when he speaks in English. It seems we are not the only ones who have difficulty in comprehending what Captain sahib means. The editors of his book, also failed to comprehend him. As for him, he seems to have made quite a mountain out of a mole-hill, when all he wanted was to say that even more than a decade back US wanted the same caps on Indian nuke capabilities. And yes, there was also the small matter of the current PM being responsible for advising the then PM not to test the nukes.

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Thursday 27 July
So was this just a book promotion exercise? On the strength of a forged letter? A mountain out of a molehill which wasn't there in the first place? So it would seem. The more than a week-long theatrics - with all those widely and wildly reported epistolary exchange with the PM notwithstanding. Which is not to say that the PMO before or after Narasimha Rao was or is mole-free. But this much seems clear that Mr Jaswant Singh's "proof" about a mole in the PMO - with all the attendant unanswered questions about why it took him a decade to make it public - isn't very credible. It got curiouser and curiouser with the full text of the impugned letter becoming public. Why did an American writing to another American use Indian spelling, for example? Well, the man with the famous baritone may have upset Vajpayee, the BJP and the Sangh at large, but his publishers aren't complaining, are they?

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Friday 21 July
A marketing stunt that backfired? The wind was taken out of the sails of the BJP's attack on Congress for being weak in fighting terrorism with the release of former cabinet minister Jaswant Singh's book Call to Honour, as the focus was back on his role in handling the Kandahar hijack crisis. The war of words got heated when the book's charge of there being an American mole in Narasimha Rao's PMO was countered by a combative PM asking the former BJP minister to have the "decency and courage" to name the mole. Questions persist: why did it take 10 years for the BJP minister to disclose the information about the American mole? Who was he?

Wednesday 1 February
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and former external affairs minister Jaswant Singh prays during a visit to Bajrang Bali Mata Sita Temple in Asapur village, some 110 kilometers south of Karachi, Pakistan. Leading a 86-member delegation to visit Hindu holy places in Pakistan, Jaswant dropped a much anticipated visit to Mohammed Ali Jinnah's mausoleum in Karachi from his week long pilgrimage after developing mild fever.

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