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Rajasthan crisis: Guv hits back at Gehlot, calls Congress MLAs’ dharna at Raj Bhawan ‘wrong trend’

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.

By: Express Web Desk | Jaipur, New Delhi | Updated: July 25, 2020 8:21:46 am
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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.

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Rajasthan crisis Live Updates: HC orders 'status quo' on Speaker C J Joshi disqualification notice to Sachin Pilot, rebel Congress MLAs; SC refuses stay on time given to dissidents; Ashok Gehlot says his government is stable and will complete full term.

22:41 (IST)24 Jul 2020
Cabinet meeting over holding of State Assembly session underway

Rajasthan cabinet meeting held over the holding of State Assembly session is currently underway. State Congress MLAs of the Gehlot camp, led by the chief minister, arrived at the Raj Bhawan earlier in the day in four buses from a hotel on the city outskirts where they have been camping for the past few days. They began a 'dharna' saying they will stay put till the governor summons a session of the state assembly.

22:10 (IST)24 Jul 2020
Rajasthan Guv hits back at Gehlot, calls Congress MLAs' dharna at Raj Bhawan 'wrong trend'

Soon after Governer Kalraj Mishra assured the Congress MLAs on Assembly session, he wrote to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on protection of the Governor. "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 Guv then what about law and order in State? What agency should be contacted for Governor's security," said the Governor.

"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 wrote in his letter.  

21:43 (IST)24 Jul 2020
Conspiracy to demolish Rajasthan govt is clear, Guv should call Assembly session: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has urged for a session of the Legislative Assembly in Rajasthan, In a tweet, he said , "The conspiracy to demolish the Rajasthan government is clear. This is an insult to the eight crore people of Rajasthan. "

21:33 (IST)24 Jul 2020
Ashok Gehlot's politicised bureaucracy, corruption and vendetta is exposed: Sambit Patra

Taking a dig at Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and the Congress governement, BJP leader Sambit Patra on Friday said, "
manner in which Ashok Gehlot is working in Rajasthan with politicised bureaucracy, corruption and vendetta was exposed by media today. It was exposed that the wife & family of the then SOG head Anil Paliwal has business connections with the family of Ashok Gehlot."

"Anil Paliwal's wife is the promoter of Fairmont Hotel, where Congress MLAs have been staying and the partner of Vaibhav Gehlot - Ashok Gehlot's son - RK Sharma is associated with this hotel. A political and corrupt plot is before everyone today," he added

21:27 (IST)24 Jul 2020
Rajasthan crisis: Ashok Gehlot seeks floor test, targets Governor

Keen to keep his flock intact and snuff out at the earliest a party rebellion led by former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Friday mounted an offensive against Governor Kalraj Mishra, claiming that he was not calling a session of the state Assembly because of “pressure from above”. Gehlot did not say who or what he meant by “pressure from above”, but he has been accusing the BJP of plotting with Pilot to topple his government. Read more 

21:16 (IST)24 Jul 2020
Anti-Corruption Bureau issues notice to Congress MLAs in in connection with alleged horse-trading

Meanwhile, in the case regarding Audio clips over alleged toppling of Rajasthan Government, the Anti-Corruption Bureau issued notice to Congress MLAs Vishvendra Singh and Bhanwar Lal Sharma. The Special Operations Group (SOG)also issued notices to Tanveer Singh, Balwant Singh, Digvijaya Raj Singh and Karni Singh.

20:17 (IST)24 Jul 2020
Congress MLAs end protest, Guv assures to call Assembly after some clarifications

The Congress MLAs supporting the Ashok Gehlot camp on Friday ended the protest at Raj Bhawan premises 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 state Cabinet will meet at 9.30 PM to discuss and clear queries raised by the governor. Earlier today, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had 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.

18:47 (IST)24 Jul 2020
Centre should deploy CRPF in Rajasthan, demands BJP

The Rajasthan BJP Friday demanded the Centre deploy the CRPF to maintain law and order in the state, reacting sharply to Congress MLAs staging a 'dharna' at Raj Bhawan for convening a session of the state assembly. "The chief minister is saying that the public will come and gherao the Raj Bhawan. I would request the Centre that it deploy the CRPF in Rajasthan to maintain law and order. It should not trust the Rajasthan police," Leader of Opposition Gulab Chand Kataria said. PTI

18:42 (IST)24 Jul 2020
Cong to hold protests across Rajasthan against BJP on Saturday

The Congress in Rajasthan will hold demonstrations in all district headquarters on Saturday against the BJP's "conspiracy to murder democracy", the party said. This comes amid the political crisis in Rajasthan. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has accused the BJP of trying to topple his government. He has also accused his former deputy Sachin Pilot, who he is locked in a power tussle with, of colluding with the BJP to make his own party sink. "Congress workers will hold demonstrations in all district headquarters tomorrow at 11 am against the BJP's conspiracy to murder democracy," PCC president Govind Singh Dotasra said on Friday.

18:05 (IST)24 Jul 2020
One makes into history books when one follows their constitutional duties: CM Gehlot after meeting Governor

Hours after meeting Governor Kalraj Mishra, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday said he hopes that the Governor will not come under "any pressure" and that an Assembly session shall be called soon. Addressing the media outside the Raj Bhawan, Gehlot said, "one makes into history books only when one follows their constitutional duties...

"It's unusual that the ruling party wants a floor test and the opposition doesn't," he said adding that the Congress MLAs will continue to protest at Raj Bhawan till the Governor agrees for a session.  Gehlot has sought commencement of the session from Monday, so he could prove his majority on the floor of the House.

16:38 (IST)24 Jul 2020
Sanjay Jain, accused of toppling Rajasthan govt, sent to judicial custody till August 5

Sanjay Jain, who was arrested by Special Operations Group(SOG) of RajasthanPolice has bee sent to judicial custody till 5th August. Both the BJP and Congress have accused him of being close to the other party.  A native of Lunkaransar in Bikaner who shifted to Jaipur 15-20 years ago, Jain is known in the state capital’s political circles as a middleman who floated between the two parties. He, along with rebel MLA Bhanwarlal Sharma and Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat have been identified by the Congress in purported audio clips.Sanjay Jain, Rajasthan Congress, audio clips, jaipur news, indian express news

16:11 (IST)24 Jul 2020
Rajasthan govt crisis: View from inside the Raj Bhawan in Jaipur

Congress MLAs demand Rajasthan Governorto call a session of Rajasthan Assembly

15:53 (IST)24 Jul 2020
Rajasthan govt crisis: Guv talks to Congress MLAs

Governor Kalraj Mishra has stepped out and is talking to Congress MLAs who have been demanding a session of the Assembly on Monday. 

15:38 (IST)24 Jul 2020
'Rajyapal mahodya House bulao': Congress MLAs at Raj Bhawan

Rajasthan Congress legislators and MLAs supporting the party can be seen chanting slogans like "Rajyapal mahodya House bulao" while protesting inside the Raj Bhawan premises.

15:07 (IST)24 Jul 2020
CM Ashok Gehlot meets Guv Kalraj Mishra at Raj Bhawan.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has reached Raj Bhawan to meet Guv Kalraj Mishra. MLAs supporting Gehlot are on sit in protest inside Raj Bhawan demanding  Assembly session.

13:52 (IST)24 Jul 2020
Watch: Gehlot, Congress MLAs leave for Raj Bhavan

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, accompanied by Congress MLAs, is going to Raj Bhavan to meet the Governor. He is seeking an Assembly session from Monday.

13:35 (IST)24 Jul 2020
Rajasthan political crisis: CLP meeting underway at Fairmont Hotel in Jaipur

A meeting of the Congress Legislative Party is underway at Fairmont Hotel in Jaipur. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is addressing the MLAs, after which they are expected to go to Raj Bhavan where they will meet the Governor and seek a sitting of the Legislative Assembly. 

13:09 (IST)24 Jul 2020
'It won't be our responsibility if the people of Rajasthan gherao Raj Bhawan'

Ashok Gehlot tells the Governor through a press conference that it "won't be our responsibility if the people of Rajasthan gherao Raj Bhawan". He is seeking a special sitting so he can prove majority on the floor of the House. 

12:58 (IST)24 Jul 2020
Gehlot claims pressure on Governor from above: 'Never seen such naked display of power'

Gehlot tells the Governor he has a constitutional post, and must take a decision on convening an Assembly session, or the Congress MLAs will collectively approach him for the same. He asks the Governor to call a special sitting from Monday. "It is beyond our understanding why it was stopped," Gehlot says.

Gehlot claims there is pressure of the Governor from above. "Never seen such a naked display (of power) until now," he adds.

12:55 (IST)24 Jul 2020
Gehlot address press conference, seeks Assembly session to prove majority

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is addressing the press. He says he wants the Governor to hold a special sitting of the Assembly so the Congress can prove majority on the floor of the House. "We are ready to call a session," he tells the press, adding that he expected orders (to call a session) would've been issued last night. 

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Rajasthan Government crisis Live Updates:

Rebel Congress MLA from Todabhim in Karauli, Prithviraj Meena, have asked the Rajasthan High Court that the Union government be made a party in the matter being heard by the court concerning the notice sent by Assembly Speaker CP Joshi to 19 rebel MLAs led by former Deputy CM Sachin Pilot.

In an impleadment application, Meena has prayed that the Union government be made a party through the Secretary of Ministry of Law and Justice (Dept. of Legal Affairs) “in the interest of justice and law.”

Meena has said that by way of the accompanying petition, the petitioners – 19 MLAs – have challenged the constitutional validity of the Para 2 (1) (a) of the Schedule Ten of the Constitution of India.

Meanwhile, Gehlot has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that efforts are being made to destabilise a democratically elected government “which is gross insult to the mandate of the people and open violation of constitutional values”.

In other related news, Sachin Pilot has served a legal notice to Congress MLA Girraj Singh and sought a written apology after the latter alleged that Pilot had offered him crores of rupees to switch over to the BJP.

Addressing a press conference on July 20, Singh, MLA from Bari in Dholpur, had claimed that he was offered Rs 35 crore by Pilot to switch to BJP. Hours later, Pilot had issued a statement — his first written statement since the crisis began — saying, “I am saddened but not surprised to be at the receiving end of such baseless and vexatious allegations being leveled against me. This is done solely to malign me and to stifle the legitimate concerns that I had raised against the party leadership of the state, as a member and MLA of INC.”

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