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Vasundhara Raje remains defiant, rules out resignation

india Updated: Aug 15, 2009 21:09 IST

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A defiant Vasundhara Raje on Saturday virtually ruled out resignation as 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 that she has not not got any such communication and made it clear that she alone cannot be blamed for 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.

“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.

The BJP central leadership holds Raje responsible for the party’s loss in assembly elections last year and Lok Sabha polls this year. The number of BJP MPs from Rajasthan plummeted to four from 23, while in the assembly the number dropped to 78 from 120.

Raje’s supporters claim to have 62 of the 78 BJP MLAs on their side. In the 200-member assembly, Congress has a strength of 97 MLAs.