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Rajasthan MLAs meet Rajnath over Vasundhra issue

PTI  New Delhi, August 14, 2009
First Published: 09:50 IST(14/8/2009) | Last Updated: 15:30 IST(25/8/2009)

A group of 45 Rajasthan BJP MLAs supporting Vasundhara Raje on Friday met party president Rajnath Singh in a bid to pressurise him against the high command's decision to remove her from the post of leader of opposition in the assembly.

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The MLAs from the Rajasthan assembly reached the residence of Singh on Friday morning and sought a meeting with the senior leader. They were accompanied by some office bearers of the Rajasthan party unit.

These MLAs are understood to have conveyed that majority of the 78 MLAs in the state assembly were with Raje, defying the party directive.

The former Rajasthan chief minister was asked to step down a few days back by the BJP and RSS central leadership. The decision to remove her was taken after she failed to deliver and take party cadre along in the Vidhan Sabha and the Lok Sabha elections.

BJP got just four Lok Sabha seats this time as compared to 23 in the 2004 elections.

Though Raje has not spoken on the move to oust her, her supporters led by Bharatpur MLA Vijay Bansal have come out in her support.

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