Vasundhara Raje stalemate on in BJP

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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