Raje skips meeting with Naidu, sends her son instead

Raje skips meeting with Naidu, sends her son instead

New Delhi: After sending conciliatory signals over the last few days, former Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje today gave a miss to a scheduled meeting with senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu to discuss the standoff in the party’s Rajasthan unit, citing ill-health.

Instead, Raje, who was to discuss her demands at the meeting before she accedes to party President Rajnath Singh’s order to resign as leader of Opposition in Rajasthan Assembly, sent her son Dushyant Singh as her emissary to meet Naidu.

Dushyant, BJP MP from Jhalawar, spent over an hour with Naidu and is said to have put forth Raje’s demands.

Raje is understood to have sent in a word through her son that she was unwell and would not be able to attend the crucial meeting. However, sources close to Raje, who arrived here last night, said she is likely to stay put in Delhi for a couple of days.

She is likely to meet Naidu once some progress is made to end the stalemate, they said.

BJP sources said Raje wants the next leader of opposition in the state assembly to be from her camp. She has also demanded general secretary’s post in the central leadership as well as revocation of the suspension of two of her loyal MLAs.

The party had asked her to resign from the post following the defeat in the Lok Sabha and assembly elections in the state.I