Sachin Pilot and his rebel MLAs reached Ashok 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.
Sources said State Youth Affairs Minister Ashok Chandna and Independent MLA from Sirohi, Sanyam Lodha, spoke out against the rebel MLAs. “They said that discipline should be maintained... the Pilot camp is still making comments,” sources said.
Sachin Pilot interview: "I have not asked for any position in the party. I said our workers, our MLAs, our leaders need to be given equal treatment. There needs to be parity in what we do as a government. We need to get respect. Space, regard, and self-respect — that’s the thing I am fighting for."
Pilot met former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, setting in motion an exercise to resolve the crisis. Partly leaders claimed Pilot had a meeting with Priyanka two weeks ago as well.
Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Kumar Dhariwal told The Indian Express the government had chosen August 14 as the new date as it will be 21 days if counted from July 23. “Our first proposal was sent to the Governor on July 23,” Dhariwal said.
This comes a day after Governor Kalraj Mishra sought a revised proposal addressing three points: a 21-day notice for calling a session, live broadcast of the proceedings in case of a trust vote, and adequate social distancing measures in the House.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has conveyed to the leadership that he is confident of the numbers and the party will now insist on a floor test in the Assembly rather than fight it out in courts.
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.
Hearing a revision petition by Barmer residents Labu Singh, 40, and Guman Singh, 70, Jaipur’s Additional District and Sessions Judge Pawan Agrawal ordered an investigation on the allegations made by them.
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.”
In the letter written in Hindi, Gehlot said that at a time when the country is struggling with a pandemic, the central government is busy playing a prominent role in bringing down Congress governments in states.
Hearing the petition filed by the rebel MLAs challenging disqualification notices, the bench of High Court Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Prakash Gupta said it had heard all parties and listed the matter for July 24.