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JAIPUR / NEW DELHI: Governor of Rajasthan Kalraj Mishra The state government said on Monday that the assembly session could be called for in a short notice if the agenda is a floor test, a conditional acknowledgment of Congress’ demand as the party staged a protest and demanded the president’s intervention.
Congress workers staged protests in the major capitals of the state, including the Raj Bhavan, to demand an assembly session in Rajasthan.
Mishra again proposed a proposal to call Ashok Gehlot government for a session, asking to submit another version after incorporating three suggestions. These included giving 21 days notice for the session.
But the Governor’s note also offered an alternative to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who is trying his best to save his government after a rebellion by Sachin Pilot and 18 other Congress MLAs.
Even as it intensified its agitation, the Congress opted out of the legal battle in the top court.
In the Supreme Court, the President of Rajasthan c. P. Joshi withdrew his plea against last week’s High Court order, asking Sachin Pilot and Congress rebel MLAs to postpone action on disqualified notice till July 24.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal told a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra that the appeal was unheard of after the apex court had not stayed the directions given by it, following which a fresh order was issued.
The petition of BJP MLA Madan Dilawar in the Rajasthan High Court against the merger of six Bahujan Samaj Party MLAs into the Congress in Rajasthan was dismissed on Monday, giving relief to the Gehlot camp, which, even by its own admission, had only a bare majority. Is with House.
Governor Mishra’s new three points are 21 days’ notice for the next draft of the Assembly session resolution; Live broadcast of floor test, if it is conducted; And social disturbances in assembly to avoid coronovirus.
It also said that the government’s media statements indicated that it wanted to prove a majority through a vote of confidence, but it was not mentioned in its proposal.
A press note was quoted as saying by the governor, “If the government wants to get a confidence vote, it can call the assembly session on short notice.”
Before this Rajasthan Congress The Legislature Party (CLP) sent a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind, seeking his intervention to convene the assembly session.
Chief Minister Gehlot said in the CLP meeting that he has also spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the current political situation in the state. He wrote to Modi a few days ago.
The memorandum to the President accused the MLAs of the horse trading in Rajasthan of toppling an elected government.
The CLP headed by Gehlot said that when the government wanted to discuss the coronovirus crisis and the state’s economy, it was not allowed to call an assembly session.
Three Congress leaders who have served as law ministers also pressurized Mishra.
In a letter, Ashwani Kumar, Kapil Sibal and Salman Khurshid stated that the Governor’s office is above the compulsions of partisan politics.
“Having served as a Union Minister of Law and Justice at various times and as a student of Constitutional Law, we have a clear view that the established legal position obliges the Governor to convene an assembly session as advised by the State Cabinet. is.
“Any deviation from the constitutional position established under current circumstances would prohibit the avoidance of your oath of office and create a constitutional crisis,” it said.
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram alleged that the BJP-appointed governors violated the Constitution and “severely impaired” parliamentary democracy.
The Congress had earlier alleged that there was an engineer of rebellion by the BJP and accused Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat of being involved in the “conspiracy”.
Congress general secretary of Rajasthan Avinash Pandey said that the Congress will use all the weapons of democracy in the fight.
The Congress has 107 MLAs and BJP 72 in the state assembly. But with rebellion out of 19 MLAs, party leaders say the government is hovering above the half-way mark with the support of independents and allies.
The legislators of the Gehlot camp are kept for several days in a hotel on the outskirts of Jaipur. The rebel camps are said to be in hotels in Gurgaon.
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