BJP Parliamentary board fails to take decision on Raje

New Delhi: Defiant BJP leader Vasundhara Raje today got a temporary reprieve as the BJP Parliamentary board deferred a decision on her resignation as leader of opposition in Rajasthan assembly following the party's poor show in Lok Sabha and state polls.

The BJP Parliamentary board, which met here for over three hours, failed to take a decision on Raje's resignation after she refused to step down on her own.

Sources aware of the development said that the issue will come up again at the next board meeting on October 22.

They, however, added that since bypolls to assembly seats in Rajasthan are due on November 7, no decision is expected till then.

Meanwhile, Raje, who had been summoned by the party leadership to Delhi yesterday, did not turn up citing the absence of Venkaiah Naidu (who is on a trip abroad), who is the pointsman in the episode.

A senior party leader said in a lighter vein that BJP has decided against taking major decisions on the occasion of Dhanteras.

Prominent Parliamentary board members who were not present in the meeting included Murli Manohar Joshi, Gopinath Munde, Venkaiah Naidu and Bal Apte.

Bureau Report