Raje to Continue, Say Loyalists

Battle Royale: The Bharatiya Janata Party turf war for control of the party in the desert state of Rajasthan continues on Monday with Vasundhara Raje’s camp followers insisting that the former chief minister would continue as the leader of Opposition in the state Assembly till the next elections in the state.

The rumblings by the Raje camp come close on the heels of a BJP parliamentary board Sunday decision to defer a final verdict on the matter.

In what was widely accepted to be a softening in her stance, Raje on Sunday said: “I have neither made any adverse comments nor any statement against BJP or its leaders or thought of floating any party.”

“The party, whose founder was my mother, the party which was nurtured by her blood and sweat to strengthen it and her life’s every moment was spent for the party’s interest and ideological thought, for that mother-like BJP, manipulated and untrue statements are being attributed to me. I am hurt by it… In politics I have my mother as my ideal,” she added in an ostensible effort to strike an emotional chord.

Responding to the statements, party chief emerging from the meeting of the parliamentary board termed the clarifications a “positive message”.

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