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BJP Clears Air, Says Vasundhara Raje Will Serve Her CM Term in Rajasthan

File photo of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. (Photo: Facebook/Vasundhara Raje)

File photo of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. (Photo: Facebook/Vasundhara Raje)

Rajasthan BJP state president Ashok Parnami on Friday denied reports of a possible change in Rajasthan BJP's leadership after party’s thumping win in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

Jaipur: Rajasthan BJP state president Ashok Parnami on Friday denied reports of a possible change in Rajasthan BJP's leadership after party’s thumping win in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

“No change in the leadership is on the cards in Rajasthan. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje will continue to be the chief minister and serve her entire five-year-term,” Parnami said.

Rubbishing rumours that Raje might be replaced by BJP’s UP in-charge Om Prakash Mathur, the party president called rumours "baseless media speculation" at the BJP headquarters in Jaipur.

This came on a day when BJP Uttar Pradesh in-charge Om Prakash Mathur received a hero’s welcome at various places on National Highway No 8 as he drove from Delhi to his home in Jaipur.

Hundreds of party workers gathered at several points on the highway from Shajahanpur on the Haryana-Rajasthan border to his house in Jaipur, with garlands and sweets, raising slogans, and hailing Mathur vying to outdo each other in a show of strength.

Meanwhile, Mathur maintained that he sees himself only as a party worker and will continue to work like one for the party. “I only see myself as a party worker and I will continue to do the task that is assigned to me in that capacity”, Mathur said.

Right after the BJP's unprecedented win in Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, a virtual poster war ensued, with separate congratulatory posters being put up by supporters of both OM Mathur and Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.

The posters depicted Mathur and Raje with PM Narendra Modi leading to speculations of a possible change of guard in the state.

first published:March 24, 2017, 19:08 IST