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MLAs rally around Raje after suspension of two loyalists

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 16:15

Jaipur: The suspension of two MLAs loyal
to Vasundhara Raje appears to have further stoked the flames
of dissension in Rajasthan BJP, with its 54 legislators on Wednesday
expressing solidarity with the Leader of Opposition and urging
her to intervene and get the action revoked.

"All the 54 party MLAs submitted a signed
memorandum to Raje last evening," a member of the group of
MLAs loyal to Raje said.

The memorandum has authorised Raje to take up the
revocation of suspension of two MLAs Rajendra Rathod and
Gyandev Ahuja, the lawmaker, who did not wish to be named,

"The memorandum also said that all the signatories to it
are with her in any decision she takes," he said.

In an apparent message to Raje to fall in line and
quit as Leader of the Opposition, BJP had yesterday cracked
the whip suspending the two MLAs on the charge of anti-party
activities ahead of the party`s `chintan baithak`, which began
today in Shimla.

Rathod and Ahuja, who were spearheading Raje`s
campaign against high command`s decision asking her to quit as
Leader of Opposition following the BJP`s poll debacle, today
rejected the charge saying they have not indulged in any
indiscipline or done anything against the party.

"We have not indulged in any indiscipline. We have not
done anything against the party. Neither have we spoken
against the central leaders, nor (have we done so) against the
state leaders or the parliamentary board," Ahuja said.

In a similar vein, Rathore said, "We have not done any
crime. We stick to our decision. We have not done anything
which can be termed as indiscipline. Even after that, if they
want to suspend us, it`s their choice."

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 16:15

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