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Rajasthan crisis: Congress calls off its Monday protest in front of Raj Bhawan

"The Congress is responsible for the political crisis in Rajasthan. Will old sins be washed away through this 'SpeakUpForDemocracy' hypocrisy?" BJP's Satish Poonia asked.

By: Express Web Desk | Jaipur, New Delhi | Updated: July 27, 2020 9:04:30 am
Also, It is reported that Governor has received a revised proposal from the state cabinet led by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlit requesting that a session of the assembly be called on July 31, Raj Bhawan.

The Rajasthan Congress called off its Monday protest in front of the Raj Bhawan just hours after it accused Governor Kalraj Mishra of resorting to the “worst kind of obstruction of democracy” by raising “superficial and motivated” queries on the Ashok Gehlot government’s demand for convening an Assembly session.

“Tomorrow, Congress workers will protest in front of Raj Bhawans as part of ‘Save Democracy-Save Constitution’ agitation call. But, in Rajasthan we will not do anything like that,” state Congress chief Govind Singh Dotasara said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, amid the political crisis, Governor Mishra on Sunday expressed concern over rising coronavirus cases in the state, and said the number of active cases had tripled since July 1.

Earlier in the day, the Ashok Gehlot government sent a revised proposal to the Governor to call a session of the Assembly on July 31, PTI reported. At the same time, upping its ante against the BJP, Congress launched a nationwide digital campaign, “#SpeakUpForDemocracy”, against the saffron party’s “attempts to violate constitutional and democratic traditions”.

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Ashok Gehlot urges Governor to hold Assembly session to prove majority, threatens to take MLAs' protest to PM Modi's house; Congress lauches digital protests against BJP. Get latest updates here.

22:50 (IST)26 Jul 2020
Digvijaya Singh urges Governor to call special session

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Sunday urged Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra to accept the state cabinet's "constitutional" demand for convening a special session of the Legislative Assembly.

Releasing a video as part of the "Speak up for Democracy" campaign of the Congress, Singh said, "I request the governor to accept the constitutional demand of the state government (in Rajasthan) to call the session. The governor has also taken the oath in the name of constitution".

Singh said the Congress was opposing conspiracies of the BJP, which he alleged was "trying to buy a popular mandate".

21:04 (IST)26 Jul 2020
Rajasthan Congress calls off its Monday protest in front of Raj Bhawan

The Rajasthan Congress called off its Monday protest in front of the Raj Bhawan, hours after the party gave a nationwide call for agitation to protect the Constitution and democracy.

State Congress chief Govind Singh Dotasara said in a tweet, "Tomorrow, Congress workers will protest in front of Raj Bhawans as part of 'Save Democracy-Save Constitution' agitation call. But, in Rajasthan we will not do anything like that."

Earlier in the day, Congress leader Ajay Maken said in a show of solidarity with the Rajasthan government, led by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, and for the protection of the Constitution and democracy, Congress workers will stage protests in a "Gandhian way" in front of Raj Bhawans across the country on Monday. (PTI)

18:42 (IST)26 Jul 2020
Governor expresses concern over rising Covid cases in state

Governor Kalraj Mishra on Sunday expressed concern over rising coronavirus cases in the state, and said the number of active cases has tripled since July 1. According to a Raj Bhawan statement, the governor directed that serious efforts should be made to control the spread of the disease. He noted that active COVID-19 cases have tripled in the state since July 1. The governor's remarks come in the backdrop of a tug of war with the state government over convening of an Assembly session. (PTI) 

16:27 (IST)26 Jul 2020
Governor has received Rajasthan cabinet's revised proposal on assembly session: Sources

The Rajasthan governor has received a revised proposal from the state cabinet led by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot requesting that a session of the assembly be called on July 31, Raj Bhawan sources said on Sunday. The proposal was received late on Saturday night, they said. Governor Kalraj Mishra had on Friday sought clarifications on six points from the state government, after Congress MLAs held a five-hour dharna on the lawns of the Raj Bhawan pressing for a Vidhan Sabha session.

The dharna was called off, according to the Congress, after Mishra said he will abide by the Constitution but not act under any pressure. The governor asked Gehlot to submit again, with the clarifications, his recommendation for calling a session. A statement from the governor included queries on the free movement of MLAs and the reason why the session needed to be called urgently.

After a late night sitting, the Cabinet met again at Gehlot's home on Saturday, approving the new draft. (PTI)

14:53 (IST)26 Jul 2020
Is democracy a slave of Delhi Durbar, asks Surjewala

"The BJP's conspiracy to kill democracy in broad daylight in Madhya Pradesh and now in Rajasthan has been exposed. Is democracy a slave of the Delhi Durbar? Is the majority a puppet in Delhi's hands? Doesn't the rule of vote matter? If not, then raise your voice," Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala, who is camping in Jaipur with party leaders, said.

14:47 (IST)26 Jul 2020
People will protect Constitution from 'BJP's fraud': Rahul Gandhi

Taking to Twitter, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said: "The democracy of India will run with the voice of the people on the basis of the constitution. The people of the country will protect democracy and the constitution by denying the conspiracy of fraud of BJP." 

14:29 (IST)26 Jul 2020
Congress continues to attack Rajasthan HC

Singhvi added: "Suppose the Rajasthan High Court holds in favour of the state government of Rajasthan or speaker or Mr Sachin Pilot, will it affect the Governor’s power to call the assembly under 174? The reference to minimum 21 days notice reflects the motivated nature of Governor’s queries. Innumerable sessions have been called at a week’s or even five days notice."

14:25 (IST)26 Jul 2020
Centre, opposition turned Rajasthan crisis into 24*7 activity: Singhvi

Speaking on similar lines, Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi said: "While there's a complete call for Covid measures around the country, we have a central government and state opposition in Rajasthan which has converted it into a 24x7 activity to ensure downfall of a duly elected govt. This shows their priorities. Is it conceivable that any Governor will refuse or delay the meeting of an assembly which may have a numbers test?"

14:08 (IST)26 Jul 2020
Centre busy fighting Rajasthan government instead of pandemic: Congress

"Instead of fighting the pandemic and the Chinese at the border, the Narendra Modi-led government is busy fighting the Rajasthan government. The Governor must call for an immediate session to enable the government to work smoothly," Maken said. 

14:06 (IST)26 Jul 2020
Maken hits out at Governor over demands for Assembly session

"It has never happened before that a democratically-elected government wants to hold an Assembly session but is not being allowed to do so. The is a constitutional crisis and murder of democracy," Maken said while referring to the government's attempts to convene an Assemble session.

14:02 (IST)26 Jul 2020
Watch: Congress leader Ajay Maken addresses media

Congress spokesperson Ajay Maken is now addressing the media.

13:15 (IST)26 Jul 2020
Rajasthan Governor does not belong to BJP: Minister

Rajasthan minister Pratap Khachariyawas told ANI: "The CM had said that people will come to Raj Bhawan. It didn't mean that people will go inside it. If even one pebble is thrown at the Governor, the CM will himself face it first, the Rajasthan cabinet will face it and Rajasthan Police will face it. Governor Kalraj Mishra is not a BJP worker, he is the head of the Rajasthan government It is our moral and legal right to go to the Head's house to tell him of our problems and request him to protect law and demand for our rights." 

12:54 (IST)26 Jul 2020
Watch: Congress MLAs perform yoga at Hotel Fairmont in Jaipur
12:34 (IST)26 Jul 2020
#ExpressOpinion | Gehlot’s choice of word ‘nikamma’ for Pilot would have made two former PMs sit up

In today's edition, Rakesh Sinha writes: "Political rancour can spring forth many ways, at times to signal the start of a power tussle, at other times, its culmination with a parting of ways. And it’s on display in Rajasthan. Always careful with words, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, veteran of many battles in Jaipur and Delhi, finally turned to name-calling. He dug deep to find a word for party rival Sachin Pilot: Nikamma, the useless. That was his way of saying it was over between them. But that choice of word would have made two former prime ministers sit up. Because nikamma was the word rivals had picked, 11 years apart, to target H D Deve Gowda and Manmohan Singh during attempts to unseat them from power." 

11:59 (IST)26 Jul 2020
Congress kicks off digital campaign against BJP

"BJP has enough funds for horse trading but not enough to provide relief to the common man from the economic impact of COVID," the Congress tweeted.

11:27 (IST)26 Jul 2020
BJP should have shown 'same commitment' to fight Covid pandemic: Congress

Taking a swipe at the BJP, the Congress today said: "The BJP should fight coronavirus with the same commitment they show in toppling elected governments."

11:25 (IST)26 Jul 2020
#ExpressOpinion | No reason why citizens should not take up the task of debating Constitutional reform

In today's edition, Meghnad Desai writes: "The current dispute in Rajasthan is a legacy partly of Schedule 10, which wanted to discourage defections. Obviously just because you are an elected legislator, you cannot be free to choose which party you should join or quit. So we have the charade of Speakers sending notices to legislators imprisoned in five-star hotels, far away from their base etc. As it is, these legislators do not enjoy freedom of speech unless they parrot the party line. Why bother to speak? Political parties are too happy with the fetters of the amended Constitution to try to change it. There is no reason why citizens should not take up the task of debating Constitutional reform. A non- party political citizens’ movement could unearth the sorry history of the spoilage of the original 1949 Constitution and start a campaign for the removal of the bad elements introduced. It is the right and duty of citizens to reclaim their original freedoms as it is more than unlikely that governments of any political party which benefit from their power over citizens will renounce their privilege." 

10:31 (IST)26 Jul 2020
#SpeakUpForDemocracy: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today urged citizens to speak up to save democracy.

10:00 (IST)26 Jul 2020
Congress to run nationwide digital campaign against BJP

The Congress today will launch a nationwide digital campaign -- 'Speak Up For Democracy' -- against the BJP's "attempts to violate constitutional and democratic values and tradition", a party leader told news agency PTI. All India Congress Committee General Secretary Avinash Pande said the campaign will start at 10 am. He alleged that the BJP has been "constantly striking at constitutional institutions and values". Attempts were being made to topple elected state governments one after another, Pande alleged. In a video message on Saturday night, he said the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh government was toppled by the BJP and now it was "conspiring to do the same in Rajasthan" "The chief minister of Rajasthan requested the governor to call an Assembly session. But ignoring the request shows that the Central government is misusing constitutional institutions and playing with democratic values and traditions," he alleged.

09:42 (IST)26 Jul 2020
Congress feels House test best bet, Gehlot ready to take battle to PM

A day after Ashok Gehlot and the MLAs in his camp sat on a protest on the lawns of the Raj Bhawan, the Rajasthan Chief Minister on Saturday warned that if Governor Kalraj Mishra still does not agree to their demand for a session of the state Assembly, the party will take its protest to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence in New Delhi. Gehlot was addressing a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) at Fairmont Hotel, where the party is keeping its MLAs. This push for a session of the state Assembly is in line with the Congress leadership’s decision to focus its energies on waging a political battle in Rajasthan since its legal manoeuvres so far have hit a wall.

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In further relief to the rebel Congress camp of former Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, the Rajasthan High Court directed Friday that status quo as of July 14 be maintained on notices sent by Assembly Speaker CP Joshi to the 19 MLAs led by Pilot.

The direction effectively means that rebel MLAs will not be required to submit their reply to the Speaker and no action can be taken against them till the hearing resumes in the Supreme Court on July 27.

“It means that the respondents need not file their reply before the Speaker, and possibly, the Speaker can’t proceed further. So, the position on (July) 14th is maintained till any order is passed by the Supreme Court,” said lawyer Prateek Kasliwal, who is representing Speaker Joshi.

The Speaker had earlier moved the Supreme Court against the High Court order, which had asked him to give the rebel MLAs time till July 24 to reply to the notices.

The interim order was passed by a division bench comprising Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Prakash Gupta. The bench also accepted the request by the 19 rebel MLAs to make the Centre a party to the case.

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