BJP summons Vasundhra Raje to Delhi


New Delhi : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has summoned former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje to Delhi to meet senior party leader M. Venkaiah Naidu Aug 31 and submit her resignation from the post of leader of opposition in the state assembly.

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“She (Raje) has been asked to come to Delhi to meet Naiduji and submit her resignation,” a party source told IANS on condition of anonymity for he is not entitled to speak to the media.

The leadership has asked former BJP president Naidu to deal with the crisis in Rajasthan.

The Rajasthan unit of the party was plunged into crisis after Raje refused to step down on the directive of BJP chief Rajnath Singh in the wake of the BJP’s debacle in the Lok Sabha elections in the state.

The BJP’s tally of 21 seats out of the total 25 in the state came down to four in the April-May elections, while it lost power in the assembly elections late last year, paving the way for the Congress’s return in the state.

However, party sources said a rebellious Raje had put forth three demands before she quit her post.

She had said that her successor in the state assembly should be of her choice, the party should revoke the suspension of two of her loyal legislators and a post for herself in Delhi.

Asked about the post that Raje would be given after she submits her resignation, the source said: “She is a senior leader and the party would definitely like to use her services on a good post.”