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Rajasthan MLAs meet Rajnath over Vasundhara issue

By Onkar Singh in New Delhi
Last updated on: August 14, 2009 12:33 IST
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The Bharatiya Janata Party in Rajasthan is in trouble.

Opposition leader Vasundhara Raje started her campaign to continue as the Opposition leader few weeks ago when Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot announced to investigate the deals during her rule.

A group of 45 Rajasthan BJP MLAs supporting Raje today met party president Rajnath Singh in a bid to pressurise him against the high command's decision to remove her from the post of leader of Opposition in the Assembly.

The MLAs reached Singh's residence this morning and sought a meeting with the senior leader. They were accompanied by some office-bearers of the Rajasthan party unit.

These MLAs are understood to have conveyed that majority of the 78 MLAs in the state assembly were with Raje, defying the party directive. The former Rajasthan chief minister was asked to step down a few days back by the BJP and RSS central leadership.

The decision to remove her was taken after she failed to deliver and take party cadre along in the Vidhan Sabha and the Lok Sabha elections.

The BJP got just four Lok Sabha seats this time as compared to 23 in the 2004 elections.

With PTI inputs

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