Soon Congress MLAs supporting the Ashok Gehlot camp ended the protest at Raj Bhawan premises, Governor Kalraj Mishra on Friday hit back at Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and called the ‘dharna’ at Raj Bhawan ‘wrong trend’. In a letter to the Chief Minister, Mishra said, “you have publically said that if Raj Bhawan is ‘gheraoed’ then it is not your responsibility. If you and your Home Ministry can’t protect the Governor then what about law and order in state? What agency should be contacted for Governor’s security.”
“I’ve never heard such statement from any CM. Is this not the beginning of a wrong trend where MLAs protest at Raj Bhawan,” the Governor added.
The protest by the Congress was called off after Governor Kalraj Mishra gave them assurance to call a session of the Assembly after clarifications on some points from state Cabinet, Congress Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.
Earlier today, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot claimed the governor was “under pressure from above” not to call an assembly session. He said, ” It’s unusual that the ruling party wants a floor test and the opposition doesn’t.”
Meanwhile, the Rajasthan High Court ordered “status quo” on the disqualification notice issued by the Assembly Speaker to a group of 19 rebel Congress MLAs, including former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot. The order was delivered on a petition filed by the dissidents challenging their disqualification from the Assembly. A bench of Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Prakash Gupta also allowed the rebel MLAs to make the central government party to the case. The HC deferred its judgment till the Supreme Court decided on the matter.
The apex court Thursday said the outcome of the HC’s judgment would be subject to its final order on the matter, which is scheduled to be taken up on Monday, July 27. The apex court was hearing a petition filed by Speaker C P Joshi, who challenged the High Court order asking him to provide relief to the rebels.