Vasundhara Raje stalemate on in BJP
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 26, 2009, 00:28
  
New Delhi: The stalemate in BJP over problems in its Rajasthan unit continued today with Vasundhara Raje appearing in no mood to step down as leader of the opposition as asked by party high command as she returned to Jaipur to preside a meeting of party legislature group tomorrow for a brief assembly session.

BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said the issue of Raje's resignation had been put on the back-burner till the brief Rajasthan assembly session, which commences on August 27, gets over.

Party sources said the issue of election of a new BJP legislature party was not being considered.

Party sources said Raje has put forward three demands before the central leadership before she resigns from her post. She wants a person of her choice to succeed her as the leader of the opposition, revocation of suspension of three of her loyalist MLAs and that she be accommodated in the headquarters.

However, sources close to party president Rajnath Singh said he was not keen on replacing her with one of her supporters as the leader of the opposition as that would not end factionalism.

"We are confident that a solution acceptable to both the central leadership and Raje will be reached very soon," Gyan Dev Ahuja, one of the suspended MLAs, said.

Raje, who was asked to quit after the electoral defeats in the assembly and Lok Sabha polls, returned to Jaipur today after meeting the party top brass in Delhi to preside over a meeting of BJP legislature party tomorrow to draw the strategy for a brief session of the assembly.

The meeting will take up issues like suspension of its three MLAs Gyandeo Ahuja, Bhawani Singh Rajawat and Hemsingh Bhadana on July 28, Rajendra Rathore, t he BJP legislature party deputy whip, said here.

It will also decide whether to attend the House Business Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting to fix the agenda for the remaining days of the session which will resume after a month's recess, Rathore said.

BJP will boycott the proceedings if the suspension of its 3 MLAs was not revoked unconditionally, he said.

"We are confident that a solution acceptable to both the Centre and Raje will be reached very soon," Gyan Dev Ahuja, one of the suspended MLAs, said.

Bureau Report


First Published: Wednesday, August 26, 2009, 00:28


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