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Vasundhara loyalist quits BJP, has nowhere to go

By Onkar Singh from New Delhi
September 07, 2009 15:31 IST
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For former member of Parliament from Sawai Madhopur Usha Meena, who resigned from the primary membership of the Bharatiya Janata Party last week, the road ahead is hazy.

Meena had promptly resigned from the party in support of leader of opposition in the state assembly Vasundhara Raje Scindia, who has 'defied' the party high command's order to resign from her post.

Meena, who sent in her resignation to the party last week, told that she has not made up her mind about the future course of action.

"I joined the BJP because of Vasundharaji. She was the only person I knew in the party and when she was in trouble, I thought it was my moral responsibility to resign in her favour," she said.

"In politics you take decision according to time. I will also do the same," she said.

Meena, who is the daughter of late Congress leader Chhutan Lal and wife of former IAS officer Dharam Singh, had quit the Congress after a long stint and joined the BJP before the state assembly elections in 2008. However, she lost the 2009 Lok Sabha elections by a steep margin to her Congress opponent and since then has not been in the good books of the state BJP leadership.

In a previous interview, when had contacted state president Arun Chaturvedi and enquired about her resignation, he said he did not have any contact with her. Referring to this disowning, Meena said, "Ask those who have been telling you this. It all depends on the individual. They ignore you on some pretext."

Now that the BJP seems to have disowned Meena after her debacle in the elections, the only resort for the former MP may be to return to the Congress.

"Only time will tell," she said, rather quickly.

However, she pointed out that her work for the Gujjar community would continue despite her resignation from the BJP.

She said politics and the Gujjar Samaj were separate entities and not interdependent. Meena had played a key role in settling the Gujjar Andolan issue last year.

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Onkar Singh from New Delhi