Rajasthan Political Turmoil: Congress wants House session from July 31

Rajasthan Political Turmoil: Congress wants House session from July 31

NEW DELHI, WNS: In a fresh twist to the Rajasthan political turmoil, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has now requested Governor Kalraj Mishra to call an Assembly session from July 31. The Rajasthan political turmoil began after the rebellion by Sachin Pilot and 18 other Congress MLAs supporting him.

Gehlot has requested the Governor to call the Assembly session citing the need to discuss bills, including one on the coronavirus pandemic. The CM, however, has not mentioned about the floor test, media reports suggest.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has shown confidence that he has the numbers to prove his majority in the Assembly. Gehlot, however, wants the floor test to be held as soon as possible. He is concerned that a delay might result in more Congress MLAs defecting to Sachin Pilot camp.

 

Gehlot has also said Governor Kalraj Mishra is not calling a session of the Rajasthan Assembly due to the pressure of the BJP-led Union government. In fact, Congress legislators staged a five-hour protest at Raj Bhavan demanding a special session of the House.

Will follow Constitution, says Governor

The Governor, however, has refuted the charge saying he will abide by constitutional norms to convene the House.

Mishra had earlier turned down the proposal of the Gehlot government for convening a session of the house. He said the proposal forwarded by the Congress government did not mention a date or reason for convening the house.

Congress versus BJP

Notably, during the Congress Legislature Party meeting on Saturday, Gehlot has reportedly told MLAs that he was ready to approach the President or protest outside the prime minister’s residence in Delhi. The CM said he would anyhow counter and defeat BJP’s conspiracy to topple the Rajasthan government.

Meanwhile, the saffron party has denied any role in the ongoing Rajasthan political turmoil. It has claimed that the political crisis in the western state was because of an internal feud of the ruling Congress. On the other hand, rebel MLA Sachin Pilot has also refuted rumours of him joining the BJP.

Number game

While Gehlot has a support of 101 MLAs, excluding Speaker CP Joshi, Sachin Pilot has the support of 18 rebel Congress MLAs and three independents. The BJP along with its ally Rashtriya Loktrantik Party has 75 seats. The rebellion by the Sachin Pilot camp has left the Gehlot government on the brink of collapse even with a minor swing in the number of MLAs.

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