BJP leader Vasundhara Raje appeared to be in a defiant mood over the reported directive from the high command for her to step down as Leader of the Opposition in the Rajasthan assembly following the party's rout in the Lok Sabha polls.
Though she herself maintained a studied silence over moves to eject her from the post, her supporters talked of re-electing her as legislature party leader if it comes to the crunch.
A close aide of Raje said there has been no information from the BJP nor has she been asked to resign. She has read only media reports to this effect.
Party President Rajnath Singh refused to speak about the issue. When asked by reporters in Varanasi whether he denied asking for Raje's resignation, he said, "I don't know where and how this news has come from. There is no question of accepting or denying anything. My opinion on this question has no relevance."
However, Raje's supporters were more vocal, disapproving the reported move to replace her holding her responsible for the defeat in the assembly elections last year and Lok Sabha elections earlier this year.