Hold Dharna Outside PM’s House If Necessary
Joypore: Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Saturday said the party would approach President Ram Nath Kovind to press for an Assembly session if needed, reported ANI. Addressing the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting at Fairmont Hotel in Jaipur, Gehlot said, We will go Rashtrapati Bhawan to meet the President and, if required, we will stage a protest outside the Prime Minister’s residence.
The state cabinet has cleared a revised proposal to be sent to the Governor. They have for a session of the assembly on July 31.
Meanwhile, the Congress workers today staged demonstrations across Rajasthan against what it called a BJP “conspiracy to topple” its government. Congress workers gathered in large numbers in Jaipur and district headquarters and raised slogans against the BJP and demanded that the governor convene a session of the Assembly. The Congress government is pushing for an Assembly session so that Gehlot can prove his majority, following a revolt by Sachin Pilot and 18 other MLAs.
During a cabinet meeting on late Friday, leaders discussed six points raised by Governor Kalraj Mishra on Gehlot’s demand for an Assembly session to prove his government’s majority. Though the Pilot camp has at least 19 MLAs, Gehlot claims he still has a majority in the 200-member House.
On Friday evening, the chief minister took his party MLAs in four buses to the Raj Bhavan where they sat in protest on the lawns, and demanded that an Assembly session commence Monday. Governor Mishra then stepped out to meet them. Earlier, Gehlot claimed that the former was not calling a session of the state Assembly because of “pressure from above”.
In other news, the Rajasthan High Court’s decision on Friday agreeing to hear in detail the challenge against anti-disqualification laws made by 19 rebel Congress MLAs has opened up the debate on a law considered settled on the Tenth Schedule of Constitution, which was upheld by the Supreme Court in 1992.