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‘Fix blame for poll debacle from top’

A defiant Vasundhara Raje has virtually ruled out resignation as the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajasthan Assembly and turned the tables on the party leadership saying the responsibility for the poll debacle has to be “fixed from the top”.

india Updated: Aug 16, 2009 02:22 IST

A defiant Vasundhara Raje has virtually ruled out resignation as the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajasthan Assembly and turned the tables on the party leadership saying the responsibility for the poll debacle has to be “fixed from the top”.

Raje, who has been defiant on the directive of the BJP high command, told reporters in an informal chat on Saturday that she has not not got any such communication and made it clear that she alone cannot be blamed for the BJP’s poor performance.

“I have not received any communication so far. So there should not be any unnecessary talk about it,” she said on being asked about the high command’s decision.

But state BJP chief Arun Chaturvedi, confirming reports about the high command’s insistence on Raje’s resignation, said: “Yes she has been asked to quit. And she is likely to follow the instructions, and this should not be taken otherwise.”

The BJP central leadership holds Raje responsible for the party’s loss in the assembly elections last year and Lok Sabha polls this year.

“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,” Raje said.