BJP row: Raje tells MLAs not to resign

In a relief to the state BJP,former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje wrote a letter addressed to party workers that they should not tender their resignations

Written by Express News Service | Jaipur/new Delhi | Published: May 8, 2012 4:06:18 am

In a relief to the state BJP,former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Monday wrote a letter addressed to party workers that they should not tender their resignations.

In an appeal to all BJP office-bearers,MLAs and party workers,Raje said on Monday,“I appeal to all BJP members to stop tendering their resignations. I respect all of you for the support. This is a matter of the BJP,which is like a family to us,and we should sit together and find a solution.”

Raje had gone public with her anger on Saturday over her party colleague and former Home minister Gulabchand Kataria’s decision to take out a yatra in the state,which was followed by an orchestrated pressure tactic where nearly 60 MLAs submitted their resignations to her to express their solidarity with her.

Party sources said the crisis began when BJP MP Kiran Maheshwari and Kataria,both from Udaipur,had a tiff. Kataria had made some remarks against Maheshwari,which she countered in the media. When Kataria declared his intention to take out a yatra,it was opposed by Maheshwari,who is close to Raje,and others in the party.

Raje’s loyalists claimed that Kataria had planned the campaign to pose himself as an alternative to Raje as a CM candidate.

They demanded that the BJP high command announce Raje as the ‘undisputed’ face of the party in the state.

However,Kataria denied the allegations,saying,“The campaign was meant to expose the Congress’s poor governance. I called it off in the interest of the party.”

Incidentally,Raje’s letter to party workers came soon after BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar’s statement in Delhi that she was indeed the party’s ‘undisputed leader in Rajasthan’.

“Raje is the undisputed leader. She is the Leader of Opposition,” Javadekar told reporters on Monday even as he claimed that the crisis in the state BJP had blown over. “The clouds have cleared now and rains are expected… There was one misunderstanding and it has been resolved,” he added.

Top central leaders of the party,including Arun Jaitley,reportedly placated Raje over phone on Monday.

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