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Rajasthan political crisis top developments: Congress leaders detained in UP, Gujarat, Delhi | India News

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NEW DELHI: While the status-quo remains on the disqualification notices issued by the Rajasthan assembly speaker to Sachin Pilot and 18 other MLAs, the ruling Congress party is putting its weight behind getting the governor to convene an assembly session where it intends to prove its strength in the face of Pilot’s rebellion. However, the Congress alleges that governor Kalraj Mishra is causing delay in covening assembly on BJP’s directions. Here are the top developments:
No Rajasthan assembly session, Governor seeks more clarification
Governor Kalraj Mishra on Monday returned the file sent by the state government which requested him to allow the special assembly session in the state. This was the second time the state government had sent a file to the Governor to get approval on its proposal to call a special assembly session quoting COVID as reasons for discussion. In the file sent back to the Department of Parliamentary Affairs of the Rajasthan government, the Raj Bhawan office has sought more information from the government.
Mishra has asked the government ‘Do you want to move Motion of Confidence? It is not mentioned in the proposal but you have been speaking about it in media’,” a source told ANI. According to sources, Mishra also said it will be difficult to call all the MLAs for the Assembly Session in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Can you consider giving a 21-day notice over the convening of Assembly Session?,” the Governor asked the Rajasthan government, according to sources.
Rajasthan Cong MLAs hold prayer meet to ‘save democracy, Constitution’
The Rajasthan Congress legislators held a prayer meeting on Monday under the “save democracy, save Constitution” programme in the hotel where they are holed up in Jaipur. Chief minister Ashok Gehlot, AICC general secretary Avinash Pande and other leaders participated in the meeting. The party was earlier scheduled to hold a protest outside the Raj Bhawan in Jaipur, but it was called off Sunday.
Congress leaders detained in UP, Gujarat, Delhi
Five persons led by Uttar Pradesh Congress President Ajay Kumar Lallu and Rajya Sabha MP PL Punia on Monday attempted to stage a dharna in front of the Raj Bhavan in Lucknow, but were whisked away by police. Similarly, Nearly 60 Congress workers and leaders were detained by police Monday when they marched towards the Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar to protest against the BJP over the political crisis in Rajasthan. Congress leaders in Delhi including state chief Anil Kumar were also detained while trying to march to the Lieutenant Governor’s office in Civil Lines.
Last week on Friday Congress MLAs had staged a five-hour dharna outside Raj Bhavan in Jaipur to demand governor Kalraj Mishra to convene an assembly session. They had retreated after talks. Taking cognisance of a potential law and order situation, Mishra amped up the political drama by meeting chief secretary and DGP to discuss security of Raj Bhavan on Sunday. Congress MLAs were planning to organise another dharna on Monday, however, it was called-off. Nonetheless, this is not stopping Congress leaders in other states from protesting against governor’s alleged “intentional delay” in convening Rajasthan assembly.
Ex-law ministers urge Raj governor to convene assembly
In a letter to Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra, senior Congress leaders and former law ministers Ashwani Kumar, Kapil Sibal and Salman Khurshid have said the governor’s office, as envisaged under the country’s constitutional scheme, is above and beyond the constraints and compulsions of partisan politics, “so that its holder can act freely and fairly to uphold the Constitution”. “Any deviation from the established constitutional position in the present circumstances would be an avoidable negation of your oath of office and will create a constitutional crisis,” the former law ministers said in the letter.
SC allows Rajasthan speaker to withdraw plea
The Supreme Court allowed the Rajasthan Assembly Speaker on Monday to withdraw his appeal against the high court’s order asking him to defer till July 24 the disqualification proceedings against sacked deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot and 18 dissident Congress MLAs.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Speaker C P Joshi, told a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra that the Rajasthan High Court had passed a fresh order on Friday and they were weighing the legal options. While withdrawing the plea, Sibal told the bench that the appeal had become infructuous as the apex court did not stay the earlier high court order passed last Tuesday asking the Speaker to defer the disqualification proceedings till Friday.

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