Jaipur: Former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje may be appointed as the state BJP chief to lead her party in the assembly elections due to be held in 2013.
A former announcement in this regard is expected to be made by the BP core group following its meeting on Thursday.
Raje, who was the chief minister of Rajasthan for 5 years till 2008, paid a visit to the national capital on Tuesday and held discussions with the senior party leaders.
Meanwhile, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) man and former Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria will remain the leader of Opposition in the State Assembly.
The BJP’s state unit here has been plagued by infighting and factionalism for some time and several leaders have opposed Raje for her autocratic functioning.
She, too, had reportedly expressed her desire to replace state president Arun Chaturvedi with somebody of her choice, if not herself, much before elections.
Chaturvedi took over as president in July 2009 for a period of 3 years.
It was not a coincidence that, immediately after returning from Gujarat last year where she addressed a number of election meetings, Raje decided to muster her strength in Rajasthan in a way that visibly made her detractors jittery.
Her action was explained away by her supporters as an exercise by the "leader" to get feedback from the ground in view of the upcoming elections, but was criticized by Raje’s political rivals within the party.
After losing to the Congress in 2008, when the BJP`s strength in the 200-member house whittled down from 120 to 79, Raje continued with her autocratic and despotic style - the reason, besides alleged large scale corruption, for the BJP`s defeat.
With Agency inputs