A day after a majority of BJP legislators and leaders in Rajasthan offered their resignation to former chief minister Vasundhara Raje, the national leaders downplayed the yatra controversy on Monday. The party high command in New Delhi brushed aside the speculations about a meeting held to sort out the issue.
Senior leaders said there was no issue as former home minister Gulab Chand Kataria called off his Lok Jagran Yatra and Raje announced amicable settlement of the issue. Kiran Maheshwari — believed to be at daggers drawn with Kataria in Udaipur — met senior party leaders on Monday. Raje has been in touch with leaders like Arun Jaitley, and the party says she has been assuaged.
However, on Monday more legislators offered their resignation taking the number to 59 out of total 79 party legislators. Two independent MLAs have also offered their resignation. On Monday, 44 former MLAs and four former MPs also sent their resignation displaying solidarity to Raje.
“The clouds have cleared and rains are awaited,” said party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar, suggesting the matter was over. Asked who would be the party’s chief minister candidate in Rajasthan next year, he said, “Vasundhara Raje is our undisputed leader there. She was chief minister. However, the next CM-candidate will be decided at a correct time.”
BJP’s Rajasthan in-charge Kaptan Singh Solanki said the matter was over. He said none of the state party leaders were called to Delhi over the issue on Sunday and Monday.
Raje on Monday requested the party legislators, party executive members, and workers to stop offering their resignation. She said she respected emotions of the party workers shown to her but the issue is of the party and would be settled within the party.