Jaipur: Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot met Governor Kalraj Mishra after he was disappointed by the Rajasthan High Court on the issue of disqualifying rebel MLAs including Sachin Pilot amid the current political crisis of the ruling Congress. He urged to call the assembly session. The governor said that he will take the decision after legal consultation. On this, Congress MLAs led by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot gave a five-hour sit-in at the Raj Bhavan and demanded a session of the Assembly. After the Governor’s assurances, he ended the picket.
After that Governor Kalraj Mishra wrote a letter to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and said that before I could get advice from the experts for convening the assembly session, before you said publicly that if the Raj Bhavan was surrounded in support of your demand, you would not be responsible. . If you and the Ministry of Home Affairs do not take responsibility for the safety of the Governor, what will be the law and order situation in the state?
The letter also said that in this situation, which agency should be approached for the protection of the governor? I have not heard such a statement till date from any Chief Minister. Is the protest of MLAs at Raj Bhavan not the beginning of a wrong tradition?
Congress MLAs protest in Raj Bhavan
Earlier, the Congress MLAs sitting on a dharna at Raj Bhavan, demanding the convening of the assembly session, ended their nearly five-hour-long dharna after getting assurances from Governor Kalraj Mishra. Mishra said that he will follow the constitution without any pressure and malice in connection with convening the session.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that the governor has sought clarification on some points before taking a decision in this regard. A letter with six points has been sent by the Raj Bhavan to the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs of the state government. To discuss these points, the meeting of Gehlot cabinet was held at the Chief Minister’s residence on Friday night.
Surjewala said that the Governor has assured that he will take steps as per Article 174 of the Constitution. The said article is related to the role of the governor in convening the session of the state assembly.
‘Raj Bhavan’s siege’
The events began on Friday when Chief Minister Gehlot told reporters at around 12 noon that despite the government’s request, the governor is not calling the session of the assembly due to ‘pressure from above’. The chief minister claimed that he had a majority and would be “milk of milk and water of water” in the assembly. Gehlot had said this before reporters before leaving for Raj Bhavan with his supporting MLAs.
He had said, “The Governor should decide on the basis of conscience, the spirit of the oath.” Otherwise, if the people of the state come to besiege the Raj Bhavan, then it will not be our responsibility.
After this, Gehlot and his supporting MLAs reached Raj Bhavan by buses. At the Raj Bhavan, Chief Minister Gehlot first met Governor Mishra alone and handed over letters of support to the MLAs and urged him to call the session. Meanwhile, the MLAs sitting on the lawn outside, shouting ‘Raghupati Raghava Rajaram and Hum Hone Kamal’, said that they are sitting on the dharna and will leave from here only after the date of convening the session has been fixed.
Governor Mishra came in front of the MLAs, spoke to them and went back to his office. At the same time, Gehlot came out of the Raj Bhavan and told the media that the vomiting Ganga is flowing in Rajasthan, here the ruling party wants to call the assembly session and the opposition is saying that we are not demanding it.
At the same time, Gehlot, while describing the governor as the constitutional head of the state, advised his legislators to behave in a Gandhian manner. Gehlot hoped that the governor would soon decide on the proposal of the Congress government to convene a special session of the assembly.
Meanwhile, Congress state president Govind Singh Dotasara tweeted, “There will be a sit-in demonstration by Congress workers at all district headquarters at 11 am on Saturday against the conspiracy to murder democracy in Rajasthan by the BJP.”
At the same time, BJP leaders objected to Gehlot’s statement of “siege of Raj Bhavan by the public”. Leader of Opposition Gulab Chand Kataria said that the Central Government should deploy Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in the state. Kataria said, “The Chief Minister is saying that the public will come and surround the Raj Bhavan.” I urge the Center to deploy CRPF to maintain law and order in Rajasthan. “According to Kataria, Rajasthan Police should not be trusted for this.
BJP state president Satish Poonia said that the Chief Minister’s statement surrounding the Raj Bhavan is unconstitutional.
After this, at around eight in the night, Congress leaders came out of the Raj Bhavan. Surjewala said that the Governor has assured to take a decision on the government’s demand to call the session without any compulsion.
He said, “The Governor has said that he will follow the Constitution without any pressure and malice. He has written a few comments and sent a small order to the Chief Minister. As soon as the Cabinet resolves those comments, then under Section 174 of the Constitution, they are duty bound to comply with the Constitution. We trust this assurance of the Governor.
After this, the Congress MLAs went back to the hotel where they have been staying for the last few days. A six-point letter has been sent by the Raj Bhavan on which the Cabinet meeting was held at his residence under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.