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    Jaswant Singh dead: From key figure in Vajpayee govt to BJP rebel

    By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |

    Updated: September 27, 2020 5:54:35 pm

    Former Union Minister and leader Jaswant Singh at the launch of the book ‘ at Risk,' written by Jaswant Singh at Taj hotel in 2013. (Express Photo by Dilip Kagda)

    Former Union Minister and BJP leader Jaswant Singh passed away on Sunday. He was 82. In August 2014, Jaswant had a fall in his bathroom and injured his head. He was admitted to 's Research and Referral hospital in Delhi for treatment. He was in a state of coma ever since. Singh was cremated at his farmhouse in Rajasthan's Jodhpur. His son Manvendra Singh lit the funeral pyre amid chanting of Vedic mantras.

    Born on January 3, 1938, in Jasol village of Barmer district, Rajasthan, Jaswant Singh was raised in a Rajput family. He was an alumnus of Mayo College and National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla. Singh was barely 19 when he joined the Central India Horse, a famous cavalry regiment of the Indian Army. After serving in the defence services till 1965, he resigned from his commission to embark on his political career.

    ch323431 (L to R) Jaswant Singh, Subramanyam Swami, Sushmaa Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari, L K Advani, and Sharad Yadav, Naresh Gujral and Sanjay Raut (extreme right) during the meeting at BJP leader LK Advani's residence in 2012 (Express…

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