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Raje to accept party board decision: Key aide

PTI  Jaipur, August 16, 2009
First Published: 15:33 IST(16/8/2009) | Last Updated: 22:24 IST(16/8/2009)

In an apparent climbdown, Vasundhara Raje, who has defied the BJP high command diktat to quit as leader of the Opposition in the Rajasthan Assembly, on Sunday decided to accept the verdict of the party parliamentary board which is likely to meet in New Delhi, a key aide said.


Raje took the decision at a closed-door meeting with six MLAs, Alwar legislator Gyan Deo Ahuja, who was also present, told reporters outside her residence after the meeting.

"Whatever the BJP Parliamentary board decides, it will be acceptable to the BJP legislature party" led by her, he said. The board is likely to meet in New Delhi in the evening.

"So far, there has been no official communication seeking Raje's resignation," he said, maintaining that all 60 MLAs, who had gone to Delhi to meet the party leadership, were with the former chief minister. "Their number may increase," Ahuja, who was flanked by Ganganagar MLA Radhey Shyam, claimed.

Raje told reporters on Saturday that she alone could not be blamed for BJP's poor performance in Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in the state.

"As far as the poll debacle of party is concerned, it was not only in Rajasthan but the setback was suffered all over the country, and the responsibility should be fixed from top to bottom in the leadership ladder," she had said.

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