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Rajnath's plea to Rajasthan rebels

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje is likely to be asked by the central BJP to sort out her differences, reports Shekhar Iyer.

india Updated: Feb 04, 2007 23:05 IST

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje is likely to be asked by the central BJP to sort out her differences with rebel ministers who have threatened to quit in protest against her style of functioning.

BJP president Rajnath Singh on Sunday told dissident ministers not to air their grievances in public against Raje when the party is facing crucial polls in Uttarakhand and Punjab.

Singh told the ministers –- Ghanshyam Tiwari, Gulab Chand Kataria and Madan Dilawar -– that their grievances would be taken up with the chief minister who may be asked to sort out their problems.

These three ministers were among the four who said to have sent faxed their resignation to Singh as they were upset with her.

Raje is likely to meet the BJP central leaders during her visit to Delhi on Monday. She will be attending a meeting of the Planning Commission to discuss the state plan, BJP officials said.

Raje had on Friday stripped Dilawar, a Bajrang Dal activist, of Cooperative Department a day after his outburst against his colleague Rajendra Rathore, Parliamentary Affairs Minister.

Tiwari, Kataria and Dilawar skipped a special Cabinet meeting convened by Raje at Kota on January 25.

The BJP chief downplayed the political crisis in the state, saying he has received no complaint from anybody there. “There is no dissidence in Rajasthan. Nor is there any resignation. I have received no complaint," he said at a hurriedly-convened briefing at his home to condemn the arrest of senior BJP leader Kalyan Singh who was on his way to riot-hit Gorakhpur.

"Where did you get this news (of resignation) from? I didn't get any," Singh said.

Raje handed over the cooperative department charge to Prabhu Lal Saini, who is already holding agriculture, animal husbandry, fisheries and agriculture marketing. Dilawar is now left with the social welfare portfolio.

Unhappy over Rathore holding a press conference on mustard procurement, Dilawar had on Thursday said only his department could deal in foodgrain procurement and no one else should interfere in it.

Last year, a row over Raje’s decision to allot land for a Haj House saw central BJP leaders brokering a peace deal between her and rebels in the party. But frequent complaints over the chief minister’s approach to their problems have often lead to showdown in the Cabinet meetings.