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Rajasthan Government HIGHLIGHTS: Those betraying party won’t be able to face public, says Gehlot

Senior lawyer Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the Pilot camp, today told the High Court that there is nothing on record to show that the Rajasthan Speaker “applied his mind” while serving disqualification notices to Sachin Pilot and 18 other Congress rebel MLAs.

By: Express Web Desk | Jaipur, New Delhi | Updated: July 23, 2020 9:19:03 am
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The Rajasthan High Court will pronounce its order on Friday on the writ petition filed by Sachin Pilot and 18 other dissident Congress MLAs challenging the disqualification notices issued to them by the state assembly speaker. The HC also requested the Speaker to defer action on disqualification notices till Friday.

Earlier in the day, CM Ashok Gehlot was a part of the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting in Jaipur. Congress leader Ajay Maken, state unit president Govind Singh Dotasara and others were also present in the meeting. This is the third CLP since the political crisis began in the state.

Senior lawyer Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the Pilot camp, today told the High Court that there is nothing on record to show the Rajasthan Speaker “applied his mind” while serving disqualification notices to Sachin Pilot and 18 other Congress rebel MLAs. Rohatgi further argued that the rebels were granted less time for reply than as stated in rules and that there are no reasons recorded for issuing the notice. On Monday, the bench had observed that a whip can be issued only for an Assembly session but not with respect to a party meeting. The court had earlier allowed the MLAs time till Tuesday 5.30 pm to file their response.

Meanwhile, breaking his silence on the Rajasthan crisis, Rahul Gandhi listed the alleged “attempt to topple” the government in the state as among the Centre’s “achievements” in the COVID-19 era. The Gandhis, have so far, refrained from making any public comment on the crisis triggered by Pilot’s revolt.

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Rajasthan Government Crisis LIVE UPDATES: Third Congress meeting shortly ; Ashok Gehlot accused Pilot of conspiring with BJP. Follow all the updates here

20:22 (IST)21 Jul 2020
Rajasthan cabinet meeting held at CM's residence, COVID-19 situation discussed

Amid the political crisis in Rajasthan, a meeting of the state cabinet was held at Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's residence here on Tuesday, during which multiple issues, including the COVID-19 situation, were discussed.

After the meeting, Medical and Health Minister Raghu Sharma said the cabinet has decided to give some concessions to the tourism industry. "The coronavirus pandemic situation in the state was reviewed in detail. Discussions were held on ways to improve recovery rate and decrease mortality rate," Sharma told reporters.

He said additional teams of the state medical department were being sent to the districts where relatively more cases were being reported. At the meeting, the ministers also discussed the measures taken to mitigate in locust-affected districts.

18:33 (IST)21 Jul 2020
Rajasthan CM: 'those betraying party will not be able to show their faces in public'

Addressing the cabinet meeting at his residence, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said, 'those betraying the party will not be able to show their faces in public.'  Gehlot also reiterated that a conspiracy to topple his government was being hatched but said he was confident that they will complete their tenure. The state government is fighting with coronavirus crisis and at the same time, a leader who was a state Congress president and a few other MLAs in collusion with the BJP were "hatching a conspiracy" to topple it, he alleged without taking the name of Pilot or any other party leader. "This is intolerable and condemnable. Those betraying the party will not be able to show their faces in public," Gehlot said addressing a Congress Legislature Party meeting at a hotel here. According to a statement issued by Congress chief whip Mahesh Joshi, Gehlot said efforts are being made to "weaken democracy" in the country but Congress legislators are fighting firmly to save it. 

15:37 (IST)21 Jul 2020
Cabinet meeting at Gehlot's residence this evening

Rajasthan cabinet meeting to be held at Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's  residence, today evening. Corona, financial health of state, social welfare schemes is the official agenda of the meet.

15:17 (IST)21 Jul 2020
Rajasthan HC order on dissident Congress MLAs’ plea on Friday

The Rajasthan High Court will pronounce its order on Friday on the writ petition filed by Sachin Pilot and 18 other dissident Congress MLAs challenging the disqualification notices issued to them by the state assembly speaker. The HC also requested the Speaker to defer action on disqualification notices till Friday.

14:37 (IST)21 Jul 2020
'Anatkashri, Italian cooking amid covid pandemic': Gajendra Shekhawat's swpie at Gehlot camp

Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, who has denied allegations of conspiring with Sachin Pilot's rebel MLAs to topple the Rajasthan government, took a swipe today at the activities of Congress MLAs at a luxury resort in Jaipur. 'Amid this pandemic, you are busy playing antakshari. This is the time to feed poor and you are cooking Italian food. Rajasthan is watching,' Shekhawat tweeted.

14:24 (IST)21 Jul 2020
Ashok Gehlot calls for cabinet meeting

After the CLP meeting, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has called for a cabinet meeting. The meeting is likely to take place at 3 pm today. 

14:19 (IST)21 Jul 2020
Congress losing leaders, will become party of tweets: BJP

In a swipe at Rahul Gandhi over his regular tweets attacking the central government, the BJP said on Tuesday that the Congress will become a "party of tweets" as it is doing no work among people and "losing" one leader after another. "Rahul Gandhi is tweeting on a daily basis. It seems the Congress will become a party of tweets as they are doing no work among the people and losing one leader after another. A frustrated and depressed party is trying to launch all sorts of attacks on the government," Union Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters, news agency PTI reported

14:02 (IST)21 Jul 2020
In Pictures | Images from CLP meeting in Jaipur

Senior Congress leaders including national general secretary and Rajasthan in-charge Avinash Pande, K C Venugopal, Ajay Maken, Randeep Surjewala, Vivek Bansal along with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot are present at the meeting.
The meeting began at around 1 pm after about a two-hour delay at a hotel on the outskirts of Jaipur where Congress legislators supporting the Ashok Gehlot government are camping.
 This is the third meeting of the CLP in the last one week.

13:47 (IST)21 Jul 2020
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat: ‘Don’t think Gehlot, Pilot will bury the hatchet…it’s a show scripted by Gehlot’

Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, who has been accused by the Congress of taking active role in disrupting the Ashok Gehlot government, talks to The Indian Express about the political crisis in Rajasthan. "It’s a scripted story, and Gehlot is the producer and director (of it); he has decided the climax, too. If there is a deviation from the climax he has decided, one can see his restlessness. If you go back to the last few days, you can see that whenever there are reports of Congress leadership being in touch with Pilot, Gehlot showed frustration," he said, adding that future of people in the state is in darkness.

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. (File)
13:21 (IST)21 Jul 2020
Congress meeting begins in Jaipur

The Congress Legislative Party (CLP) began in Jaipur today. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Congress leader Ajay Maken, state unit president Govind Singh Dotasara and others are present at the meeting, currently underway in Jaipur. This is the third CLP since the political crisis began in the state.

13:14 (IST)21 Jul 2020
Rajasthan HC hearing will resume at 2 pm

Rajasthan HC hearing will resume at 2 pm. Sachin Pilot and 18 other dissident Congress MLAs have filed a plea challenging the disqualification notices issued to them by the state assembly speaker

12:37 (IST)21 Jul 2020
Rajasthan CM's OSD leaves CBI office

The CBI on Tuesday questioned Deva Ram Saini, OSD to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, in connection with the alleged suicide by state police officer Vishnudutt Vishnoi in Churu on May 23, news agency PTI reported. A team of special crime unit of the CBI from Delhi is in Jaipur to record statements in connection with the death of Vishnoi, who was SHO of Rajgarh. His body was found hanging from the ceiling of his official residence in Churu, officials said.

12:29 (IST)21 Jul 2020
Kamat defends Congress whip, says those who breach party discipline should pay the price

Devadatt Kamat is representing Congress chief whip Mahesh Joshi in the Rajasthan High Court, in connection with the hearing on the disqualification notices issued to Sachin Pilot and 18 other dissident MLAs by the state Assembly Speaker. Kamat relies on parliamentary committee reports to say that people who breach inner-party discipline should pay the price of disqualification. 

12:03 (IST)21 Jul 2020
Prakash Javadekar slams Rahul Gandhi, brings his own list of Congress' 'achievements'

Responding to Rahul's tweet, Prakash Javadekar also listed the Congress leader's 'achievements'. "February: Shaheen Bagh and Riots; March: Losing Jyotiraditya and MP; April: Instigating migrant labourers," he said, adding that Gandhi was insulting the covid warriors by making fin of candle lights.

11:33 (IST)21 Jul 2020
Mukul Rohatgi, counsel for Pilot's camp, cites the following as ground showing malafide

Mukul Rohatgi, counsel for Pilot's camp, cites the following as ground showing malafide

  • Notice issued on the same day of complaint.
  • Less time granted for reply than as stated in rules.
  • No material to show application of mind before notice.
  • Notice just paraphrases words of complaint.
  • No reasons recorded for issuing notice.
  • Notice says if reply is not in writing it will be decided exparte
11:25 (IST)21 Jul 2020
Rahul Gandhi lists alleged 'attempt to topple' govt in Rajasthan among govt's 'achievements' in COVID-era

Breaking his silence on the Rajasthan crisis, Rahul Gandhi listed the alleged "attempt to topple" the government in the state as among the Centre's "achievements" in the COVID-19 era. The Gandhis, have so far, refrained from making any public comment on the crisis triggered by Pilot's revolt.

"Achievements of the government in the COVID-era: February -- Namaste Trump, March-- toppling the government in Madhya Pradesh, April -- making people light candles, May -- government's sixth anniversary, June -- Bihar virtual rally, July -- Attempt to topple the government in Rajasthan," Gandhi said in the tweet. "That is why the country is 'Aatmanirbhar' (self-sufficient) in the fight against coronavirus," he said.

11:07 (IST)21 Jul 2020
CM Gehlot's OSD reaches CBI office for inquiry

CM Ashok Gehlot's OSD Deva Ram Saini reaches CBI office in Jaipur for inquiry.

10:54 (IST)21 Jul 2020
Audio tapes: Rajasthan Police seeks cooperation from Haryana, Delhi counterparts

Rajasthan DGP Bhupendra Yadav writes to DGP of Haryana and the Commissioner of Delhi Police, seeking cooperation in Special Operation Group's (SOG) probe in a case related to alleged attempts to destabilize the state government, news agency ANI reported. 

The Congress had on Friday cited the two audio tapes, purportedly featuring Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and rebel Congress MLA Bhanwarlal Sharma conspiring to topple the Ashok Gehlot government, seeking their arrest. The Special Operation Group (SOG) of the Rajasthan Police has registered criminal cases in the matter. The BJP has described the audio clips as “manufactured”, and Shekhawat has said the voice in the clips was not his.

10:37 (IST)21 Jul 2020
Rajasthan HC resumes hearing Sachin Pilot's plea

The High Court has begun hearing Sachin Pilot's plea. Sachin Pilot and 18 other dissident Congress MLAs have filed a plea challenging the disqualification notices issued to them by the state assembly speaker

10:11 (IST)21 Jul 2020
Ashok Gehlot's sharp attack at Sachin Pilot

Referring to the ongoing court case, Gehlot mocked and questioned Pilot for hiring lawyers Harish Salve and Mukul Rohatgi, saying they command a tall fee. “Where is this money coming from? Is Pilot sahab giving it from his pocket?” he said. He also claimed that rebel MLAs were being hostage. “Everyone knows how they are being kept; their mobiles have been taken away… Many of them want to come here. They are crying over the phone. Some say they are using the barber’s phone, others their son’s phone,” he said.

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Rajasthan government crisis LIVE updates

Reacting to Congress MLA Giriraj Singh's allegation that former Rajasthan deputy CM Sachin Pilot had offered him Rs 35 crore to join BJP, Pilot said he was saddened but not surprised. "I'm saddened but not surprised to be at receiving end of such baseless, vexatious allegations being levelled against me. This attempt further aims at defaming me and attack my credibility. The narrative is being redirected to avoid addressing the main issue," he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday said he knew that his former deputy Sachin Pilot was "good for nothing". Addressing the reporters, he said, "I knew that he was useless, good for nothing, and was only there to instigate people to fight. I am not here to sell vegetables, I am the CM."

The rebels were served the disqualification notices after the Congress complained to the speaker that the lawmakers had defied the party whip to attend two Legislature Party meetings last week on Monday and Tuesday. The Pilot camp, however, argues that a party whip applies only when the Assembly is in session.

Meanwhile, sources told The Indian Express that Pilot is in touch with AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. The two spoke over the phone in the weekend, sources said. The top leadership, including Priyanka, is open to meeting Pilot, they added. The BJP, however, believes that the crisis in the Rajasthan Congress has gone past the point of no-return.

The BJP has been making some moves even if Pilot said he wasn't going to join the saffron party. The party has asked a clutch of tested leaders from its Rajasthan unit to explore the chances of winning over some MLAs currently in the Gehlot camp, the source said. According to one calculation within the BJP, there are 21 MLAs in the Pilot camp, including the 19 Congress rebels and two Independents – Om Prakash Hudla (Mahuwa) and Suresh Tak (Kishangarh). These 21 MLAs, along with the BJP’s own 72 and three of its ally, the RLP, take the anti-Gehlot number in the 200-member Assembly to 96.

Amid a political firestorm in Rajasthan, Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Gulab Chand Kataria Sunday said only a floor test can decide whether a government has the majority to stay in power or not. His statement came hours after Congress sources said there might be an assembly session later this week. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot too had met Governor Kalraj Mishra on Saturday.

Meanwhile, despite the party having minuscule presence in the Rajasthan Assembly, the Bhartiya Tribal Party Sunday said it was now in a position of kingmakers. “We have two MLAs in a House of 200, yet we are in the position of kingmakers,” party president Maheshbhai C Vasava told PTI on Sunday. Vasava added the party was now extending support to the Gehlot government after an assurance that its demands related to the development of tribal areas will be met.

The political row over the audio tapes continued on Sunday after the Congress demanded the resignation of Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat for his alleged role in the conspiracy to topple the Asok Gehlot government. “If Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat is claiming that it is not his voice and the reference in the audio clip is of some other Gajendra Singh, then why is he afraid of giving voice samples?” Congress leader Ajay Maken asked.

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