Vasundhara Raje asked to step down as Leader of Opposition: Rajnath Singh

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New Delhi, Aug.16 (ANI): Following days of speculations over the issue of Bharatiya Janata Party leader Vasundhara Raje's continuance as the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajasthan State Assembly, the BJP on Sunday decided that she should step down from the post in due time.

Addressing a news conference in the national capital, Rajnath Singh said that Vasundhara Raje had been asked to submit her resignation, however, no time frame had been fixed for her to submit her papers.

"The parliamentary board has not fixed any time frame for her to resign, and I am confident that she will follow the orders of the party. There is no need to suspect in that issue," Singh said

The decision about Vaundhara's resignation was taken at the BJP's Parliamentary Board meeting on Sunday.

However, it was decided not to take any disciplinary action against Raje, who enjoys support of about 62 MLAs of the total 78 BJP MLAs in the State Assembly.

Rajnath admitted before media persons that he had asked Vasundhara to resign previously.

"Earlier I only asked Raje to step down from the Leader of Opposition," Singh said.

"The parliamentary board considered the statement given by Raje this morning as a positive step," Singh said.

On Sunday morning in Jaipur, Raje said: "I've never thought of leaving the BJP. My mother spent her life looking after the party's interests. I've never said anything against the BJP or the party's leaders. I will not float a new party. BJP is like a mother to me. There is no question of leaving the party."(ANI)

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