Raje likely to meet Advani, Rajnath on Saturday

Raje likely to meet Advani, Rajnath on Saturday

Vasundhara Raje

The former chief minister is expected to meet them on August 22 when the way out for the crisis is likely to be charted, sources said.

Raje was asked to resign from the post of Leader of Opposition in the state assembly after the party's dismal performance in the Lok Sabha and assembly polls. After her defiance last week, the BJP Parliamentary Board had on Sunday endorsed the decision against her but kept no deadline for it.

Sources said here that Raje might tender her resignation after meeting both the senior leaders, thus bringing to an end to the week-long political drama.

Raje, who had initially defied the BJP high command diktat to quit from her post, decided to abide by the party's decision later.

After a meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Board in Delhi on Sunday, Singh had said her statement that she will abide by the party's decision is a "positive message".

"BJP Parliamentary Board is confident that the message conveyed by me to her (to step down) will be followed by her," Singh had said.

Two days later, the party suspended two MLAs close to her on the charge of anti-party activities in an apparent message to Raje to fall in line and quit.

But, the action seemed to have further stoked the flames of dissension in the state unit of BJP, with its 54 MLAs expressing solidarity with her and demanding that the two suspensions be revoked.