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Rajasthan BJP to bring no-confidence motion against govt

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In a fresh twist in the Rajasthan political chaos, the BJP has decided to move a no-confidence motion against the Ashok Gehlot-led Rajasthan government. Meanwhile, the Congress is planning to bring a confidence motion in the Assembly to prove its majority.

The decision to move a no-confidence motion on Friday in the special session of the Assembly was taken on Thursday during the meeting of BJP legislators. Former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje was present during the meeting that was convened to plan for the Assembly session.

Leader of the Opposition, Gulab Chand Kataria said, “We have decided to bring a no-confidence motion with our allies and the Independents supporting us. The government was hiding in hotels in Jaipur and Jaisalmer and the people of Rajasthan were suffering from coronavirus.”

Rajasthan BJP president Satish Poonia said the Gehlot government is facing an internal revolt on various fronts. He said it is a government that has failed to fulfill the aspirations of the people. Therefore, we have decided to bring in a no-confidence motion, he added.

Congress’ confidence motion

In order to counter the BJP’s no-confidence motion, the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) has decided to bring confidence motion in the Assembly on Friday. In such a situation, the role of the Speaker becomes crucial. Notably, it is the Speaker who will have to decide whether to take up the confidence motion of the government or no-confidence motion of the Opposition.

Congress has the numbers

With the return of Sachin Pilot and 18 dissident MLAs, the Ashok Gehlot government seems to have the required numbers to pass the floor test. Congress has a tally of 122 members in a 200-seat Assembly.

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The figure includes 13 independents and two BTP MLAs. Congress leaders said there is no threat to the government.

Pilot meets Gehlot

Meanwhile, Sachin Pilot on Thursday attended a meeting of the Congress MLAs at Ashok Gehlot’s home. Pilot was greeted by a handshake by Gehlot and the two sat together during the meeting. Gehlot had in the morning tweeted that he was all for “forgive and forget”. It was the first meeting of the two leaders after month-long political mudslinging.

Major boost for Congress from SC

In a major boost to the ruling Congress in Rajasthan, the Supreme Court has refused to issue an interim order restraining the six BSP MLA’s from voting in the Rajasthan Assembly in case of a trust vote. The BSP and the BJP is fighting a legal battle against the merger of six BSP MLAs in Congress last year. However, both the parties have so far failed to get a court order in their favour.

The six BSP MLAs include Rajendra Singh Gudha (Udaipurwati), Lakhan Singh (Karauli) and Deep Chand Kheria (Kishangarhbas). It also includes Joginder Singh Awana (Nadbai), Sandeep Kumar (Tijara) and Wazib Ali (Nagar).

 

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