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Who will head BJP in Rajasthan assembly?

Last Updated: Saturday, February 20, 2010 - 20:49

Jaipur: The uncertainty over the Leader of
Opposition is haunting the BJP state unit ahead of the budget
session beginning Monday as the party leadership could not
find a replacement for Vasundhara Raje, who quit from the post
last year.

Party state unit is looking upto its central leadership
for a decision, though it holds that Raje is still the LoP in
the House. However, the RSS, which had been very vociferous
against the former chief minister, expressed the hope that the
party would find a replacement by early next week.
BJP whip in the assembly Rajendra Singh Rathod, deputy
leader Ghanshyam Tiwari and state party president Arun
Chaturvedi feel that Raje would continue in the post.

"Till now, Raje is the Leader of Opposition in the house
though she tendered her resignation," Rathod told agency.

Deputy-Leader Tiwari said, "it is the party high
command`s of now in assembly she (Raje) is LoP."

Chaturvedi, who was on way from the party`s national
executive in Indore, said, "Technically, legally and
constitutionally, Raje is LoP till party does any other

When contacted, Raje`s press advisor Mahendra Bhardwaj
said, "I do not know where she is now, as she could not attend
the party`s national meet in Indore."
An RSS leader, requesting anonymity, said BJP President
Nitin Gadkari would most probably make a change in leadership
by early next week.

Echoing the same, MLAs who are loyal to Raje, said the
high command could effect a change of her choice.

Meanwhile, Chief Whip in the assembly Virendra Beniwal
(Congress) told PTI that the first meeting of Business
Advisory Committee (BAC) would decide the agenda and days of

The date of budget presentation would also be decided by
the BAC, he said adding it might be possibly on March 1 or 2.


First Published: Saturday, February 20, 2010 - 20:49

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