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Raje not to resign 'for now'

india Updated: Aug 17, 2009 17:08 IST
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Vasundhara Raje will not resign as Leader of Opposition in Rajasthan Assembly "for now" and would call a Legislature Party meeting by August 26, her spokesman said a day after the standoff over the issue eased with BJP leadership not setting a deadline for her to quit.

"Since the BJP President Rajnath Singh has himself not given any time limit for Raje to concede to his direction (of resigning), the Leader of Opposition is not resigning for now, and would call BJP Legislative Party Meeting between August 19 and August 26," Gyandeo Ahuja told reporters today after a closed-door meeting at Raje's residence with 16 loyalists including six MLAs.

Ahuja said the party was preparing for the cooperative polls in Rajasthan slated for August 19, and an upcoming brief session of Assembly "hence the matter quitting the post does not arise for now."

"If the party high command and the Central Parliamentary board put up any deadline of a week, month or a day, the leader of opposition was bound to follow it," he said.

Raje, who had defied the party's direction to quit following the Lok Sabha poll debacle, had yesterday said that she would abide by the Parliamentary Board's decision, hinting a climbdown. After the meeting of the Board in Delhi, Rajnath said "that the message conveyed by me to her (to step down) will be followed by her", adding "no time-frame has been set".

Raje and and her supporting 60 MLAs were "not going against from the parliamentary board's directions and were following the party president's direction in a disciplined manner," Ahuja claimed.