In a fresh twist, Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra on Wednesday returned the Ashok Gehlot-government’s proposal to convene an Assembly session. It was the third time that the Rajasthan governor returned the Congress government’s proposal demanding an Assembly session.
Rising coronavirus cases cited as a reason
The governor has cited the growing cases of coronavirus in Rajasthan as a reason behind his denial. But, the Gehlot government is adamant on a session from July 31.
Kalraj Mishra has questioned how he can allow the Assembly session when the state has over 40,000 cases of COVID-19. The governor asked how the state government will ensure social distancing in the Assembly.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had earlier met Mishra amid the impasse over calling a session of the state assembly. The meeting, the second in recent days, lasted for about 15 minutes.
Governor wanted 21-day notice
The governor on Monday had agreed to convene Assembly session if the Gehlot government agrees on giving a 21-day notice.
Although Mishra is bound to accept the Rajasthan government’s recommendation for convening an Assembly session, he is allegedly dillydallying in the matter. As a result, no warrant for convening a session clarifying the date and time has been issued by the Raj Bhawan.
“Not convening the Assembly was never the intention,” the governor’s office had said.
At an event earlier on Wednesday, Gehlot told party MLAs that he will meet the governor again over summoning the session.
The state cabinet on Tuesday sent for the third time a proposal on convening an Assembly session to the governor.
A Raj Bhawan spokesperson described Wednesday’s meeting as a courtesy call.
How the political crisis started?
The Rajasthan political crisis began after former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot revolted against Ashok Gehlot’s leadership. Notably, the Rajasthan police’s Special Operations Group (SOG) had issued summons to Pilot in a probe regarding a conspiracy to topple Gehlot government.
This resulted in Sachin Pilot and 18 MLAs of his camp revolting against Gehlot. As a result, the rebel MLAs shifted to a resort in Haryana and the rebel MLAs are now fighting a legal battle against their proposed disqualification by the Assembly Speaker.
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