New Delhi, Aug.22 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Saturday evening called on senior leaders Lal Krishna Advani and Rajnath Singh here at their residence to discuss the leadership issue in the State.
Just before leaving for her meeting with Advani from her Delhi-based house Scindia Villa, Raje said that she was in the national capital as per schedule to meet party leaders after the three-day Chintan Baithak (brainstorming session) of the BJP.
“I can’t understand whole of this because I respect … people in the party, the senior leaders of the party and I was always meant to come after “Chintan Baithak”, I am here… No speculation…,” Raje said.
Though Raje didn’t prefer addressing the media after any of the two meetings but she is expected to have discussed the issue of her stepping down from the position of Leader of Opposition in Rajasthan Assembly and leadership issue in her State threadbare with Advani. She had about one-hour meeting with Advani.
Also, Raje is expected to have apprised Rajnath Singh about her mindset and probably about her timing to step down from the post of the Leader of the Opposition in Rajasthan State Assembly, as directed by the BJP recently. Her meeting with Rajnath Singh lasted for about 30 minutes.
On Thursday, BJP President Rajnath Singh said he had advised Raje to step down but set no timeframe. Reportedly, BJP had asked Raje to step down due to poor performance of the party in the recent national and state assembly polls.
After a week-long drama which saw her virtually defying the BJP’s central leadership, Raje on Friday left for Delhi with scores of her supporters. Along the way, she received a rapturous welcome from her supporters, suggesting that she enjoys huge popularity in Rajasthan.
Raje has been asked to resign from the post of Leader of Opposition in the wake of the party’s dismal performance in the Lok Sabha and assembly polls.
After her defiance last week, the BJP Parliamentary Board had last Sunday endorsed the decision against her but kept no deadline for it.
In Shimla, on Friday, senior BJP leader and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj indirectly hinted that if Raje failed to back down, she could be removed from the party on grounds of indiscipline.
Without directly confirming plans to remove Raje, Swaraj alluded at a press conference that: “The BJP has removed the party’s state level leadership in those states where it performed poorly in the last (state and general) elections.” (ANI)