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Raje to meet BJP top brass; will stalemate over resignation end?

Vasundhara Raje is likely to resign as Leader of the Opposition in the Rajasthan Assembly today after meeting RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and party leader Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi.

jaipur Updated: Aug 31, 2009 10:22 IST
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Vasundhara Raje is likely to resign as Leader of the Opposition in the Rajasthan assembly on Monday after meeting Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Venkaiah Naidu in Delhi.

Raje left for Delhi with her supporters on Sunday to have a dialogue with the party high command.

Sources close to Raje said that she had made up her mind not to prolong the crisis, and obey the directive of the central leadership. She will try to meet Bhagwat before having talks with Naidu, sources said.

BJP President Rajnath Singh had asked her to resign after the poor showing of the party in the Lok Sabha polls in Rajasthan. But she declined, and that’s how the crisis was precipitated.

But there was a change of heart and Raje recently said, “The party is supreme for me. Post or no post, I will continue to serve the people of the state.”

Some Raje loyalists, however, told HT that they were not in favour of giving in to the BJP high command without getting something in return.

Sources said the Raje faction might make a pitch for Rao Rajendra Singh as Leader of the Opposition and this could be acceptable to the rival group, led by Rajasthan BJP president Arun Chaturvedi. Also it is learnt that Raje loyalists will not rest until they are assured that there will be a role for her at the Central level.

Sources say that the Raje group is not ready to accept former home minister Gulab Chand Kataria for the job though he has the backing of Rajnath Singh and the RSS.

Raje loyalists said that another pre-condition for resolving the current crisis was revoking the suspension of Rajendra Singh Rathore and Gyan Dev Ahuja, members of the legislative assembly, who were suspended as primary members of the party for allegedly leaking information to the media.