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Rajasthan Government Floor Test Highlights: Winning trust vote a message to forces trying to destabilise elected govts, says Ashok Gehlot

Rajasthan Government Floor Test: The motion of confidence moved by the Congress government was passed by voice vote, an expected win after the return of the 19 dissident MLAs led by Sachin Pilot to the party-fold.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 14, 2020 9:16:51 pm
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot with former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot in Jaipur on Thursday. (PTI)

Rajasthan Government Floor Test:  The Congress government led by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday won the motion of confidence, ending the threat triggered by a rebellion within the Congress ranks in the state. The motion of confidence moved by the Congress government was passed by voice vote, an expected win after the return of the 19 dissident MLAs led by Sachin Pilot to the party-fold. The house has been adjourned till August 21, said Assembly Speaker CP Joshi. In a House of 200, the Congress party has 107 MLAs and the support of Independents and allies. The BJP has 72 members.

Gehlot said that this win is a message for BJP. “Winning the trust vote in the Assembly is a message to the forces that are trying to destabilise elected govts in the country. Their every tactic failed in Rajasthan. It is the people’s unwavering trust in us & unity of our Congress MLAs that has brought this victory,” he said.

Former Rajasthan Deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot, who initially led the rebellion, said that a roadmap has been prepared to address all the issues that were being raised. ” I have complete faith, that roadmap will be announced timely,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Gehlot said it would be “a victory of truth” during the assembly session.  Replying to the debate on the motion, Gehlot criticised the BJP, accusing it again of trying to bring down his government. “I will not let the government topple at any cost even if you make all attempts,” he said.

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Gehlot govt proves majority, wins trust vote; Sachin Pilot calls himself 'strongest warrior' of party. Get latest updates here.

17:59 (IST)14 Aug 2020
This win is for the people of Rajasthan: CM Ashok Gehlot

After winning the trust vote, CM Gehlot said that it is for the people of Rajasthan. "The way BJP had conspired in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa, Manipur & Arunachal Pradesh, they applied the same technique in Rajasthan, but they have been exposed," he said. 

16:37 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Despite various attempts by the opposition, the result is in favour of govt: Sachin Pilot

In his first reaction, Former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot said, "the vote of confidence which was brought by the govt has been passed with a very good majority today in the Rajasthan Assembly. Despite various attempts by the opposition, the result is in favour of govt."

16:36 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Gehlot govt proves majority, wins trust vote

The Congress government led by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot  on Friday won the motion of confidence through voice vote. 

15:42 (IST)14 Aug 2020
No tradition of illegally tapping phones in Rajasthna: CM Gehlot on leader of opposition's allegation

Responding to Kataria's allegation of illegal phone tapping, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot says: "There hasn't been a tradition in Rajasthan to illegally tap phones of MP and MLAs and neither has any such thing taken place."

15:36 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Discuss the confidence motion: Sachin Pilot in response to BJP

Responding to the BJP, Sachin Pilot says:  "Since my name is being taken repeatedly, I want to tell the House that whatever has been said or not by me, our party, leaders, whether one should feel bad for that, leave that up to us and discuss the confidence motion" 

15:24 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Rajasthan phone tapping: Kataria blames Congress for using state police for their personal work

Speaking at the Assembly over the phone tapping incident, Kataria blamed Congress for using the state police for their personal work.   "Did you indulge in phone tapping with permission or without permission? One can accept if permission was taken but if done without permission, then you have used the police for your personal work and put the prestige of police on stake," said Kataria in Assembly

15:11 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Rajasthan Congress is trying to blame BJP for their own in-house quarrel: Kataria

Taking a jibe at the Congress government in Rajasthan, Rajasthan leader of opposition Gulab Chand Kataria said the Congress is trying to blame BJP for their own in-house quarrel. 'You haven't been wounded because of us. You are wounded because of quarrels in your house and are now trying to blame us for it, which is not right. BJP has nothing to do with this situation,' Kataria said.

14:59 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Shanti Dhariwal compares BJP to Mughar emperor Akbar

Referring to Akbar, Rajasthan Parliamentary Affair Minister Shanti Dhariwal said the Mughal emperor had to taste defeat in Mewar of Rajasthan during his quest to expand his empire. Similarly, BJP's attempts to topple the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government were defeated, he added.

14:33 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Will keep government protected by being its shields, spears: Sachin Pilot

Continuing his address to the Assembly, Pilot said: "Whatever was to be said, or heard, whether about me or any of my companions, we have spoken about our ailment to the doctor before whom it was supposed to be raised. After getting the treatment, the 125 of us are standing inside the House." He added: "After finishing all the talks, we have entered the House. It doesn't matter how much firing takes place along this border. Everyone else and I shall keep it protected by being its shields and spears." 

14:13 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Independent MLA Sanyam Lodha speaks in favour of Gehlot government

"You say we have been staying in a five-star culture? We were sitting there so that Gehlot could fight the battle to save the country's democracy against those arrogant people sitting in Delhi," independent MLA Sanyam Lodha said in the Assembly.

13:59 (IST)14 Aug 2020
'Strongest warrior sent to border': Sachin Pilot

Speaking on his changed sitting arrangement in the Assembly, former deputy CM Sachin Pilot said: "I wondered why my seat was designated here. I thought for two minutes and saw that this is the border between the government and the opposition. Who is sent to the border? The strongest warrior." 

13:57 (IST)14 Aug 2020
'How can a government, which engages in elephant trading, talk of horse-trading'

Rathore added: "How can a government, which engages in elephant trading, talk of horse-trading? You have merged the BSP twice." 

13:46 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Rajendra Rathore continues to attack Gehlot government

"The slogan of the tourism department is 'jane kya dikh jaye.' The slogan of this government is 'jane kya ho jaye'," says deputy leader of opposition Rajendra Rathore.

13:40 (IST)14 Aug 2020
All characters in political drama from same side, says BJP

"For the last 1.5 months, the public of Rajasthan has been seeing this high profile political drama. All the characters in this drama are from the same side," deputy leader of opposition Rajendra Rathore said.

13:35 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Neither Shah nor any dictator could topple our govt: Dhariwal

Dhariwal also said that "Rajasthan mein na shah ki chali hai na kisi tanashah ki (Neither Shah nor any dictator could topple our government), triggering a host of objections from the opposition BJP.

13:23 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Rajasthan Assembly session begins

While speaking in the Assembly, Shakti Kumar Dhariwal said: "Time has shown how many birds have actually flown. We haven't failed Operation Lotus, you yourself have done so." 

13:09 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Rajasthan Parliamentary Affairs Minister tables proposal for trust vote

As the Assembly session resumed at 1 pm, Rajasthan Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Kumar Dhariwal tabled a proposal for a trust vote, news agency ANI reported.

12:08 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Congress moves Motion of Confidence in Rajasthan Assembly

Speaking to The Indian Express, Congress Chief Whip, Dr Mahesh Joshi said: "We have moved the Motion of Confidence in the Assembly. Up to Speaker C P Joshi now on when he takes it up." 

11:19 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Congress issues whip to MLAs

The Congress today issued a whip to all its MLAs, asking them to be present in the House for the Assembly session. The whip was issued by Mahesh Joshi. 

11:17 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Rajasthan Assembly adjourned to 1 pm

Due to heavy rainfall and water logging, several MLAs from the Gehlot camp are yet to reach the Assembly. Keeping this in mind, the Assembly was adjourned to 1 pm today.

Sachin Pilot with Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

A handshake Thursday evening between Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and rival Sachin Pilot, removed as Deputy Chief Minister following a rebellion last month, reaffirmed the truce secured by the Congress leadership ahead of the Assembly session starting Friday.

Pilot and his rebel MLAs reached Gehlot’s residence in Jaipur for a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party where the leaders of the two camps shook hands, raised victory signs and posed for cameras.

Before they arrived, Gehlot had already spoken on the “need to forgive and forget in the interest of the country, state, people” and move ahead.

At the meeting, Gehlot said his government will go for a trust vote in the House “and show the power of Congress”. Party sources confirmed that he will seek a trust vote Friday itself.

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