New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership got into the fire fighting mode on Monday evening to defuse the crisis plaguing the party in Rajasthan. BJP leaders spoke to former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje, who has been defying the party's summons and has got 60 MLAs supporting her to tender their resignation from the state Assembly, and tried to mollify her.
The party leadership suggested that she play down the resignation of her supporters and also extended an olive branch by saying that "she is the leader in the state".
Raje has been demanding that the central leadership settles the leadership issue in her favour by making it apparent to the state unit.
The peace proposal was offered after Raje's close confidante Kiran Maheshwari met top BJP leaders in New Delhi on Monday. Maheshwari met Lok Sabha MP Sushma Swaraj and Rajya Sabha MP Arun Jaitley. She apprised the leaders of the situation in Rajasthan and demanded that the former chief minister be made the state in charge....more
05:47 PM, May 07, 2012