Rajasthan Political Crisis: Sachin Pilot claims to have support of 18 MLAs.
A late night cabinet meeting in Rajasthan at Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's residence has concluded. In the meeting, an approval has been given for the proposal to call the assembly session. The proposal will be sent to the Rajasthan governor again.
Earlier in the day, Ashok Gehlot said he had requested an assembly session from Monday and accused Governor Kalraj Mishra of delaying his decision because he was "under pressure from the top" to stall a test of strength. "We requested him to call a session in a letter yesterday and we waited all night, but there was no response. It is beyond comprehension what kind of forces would compel him to delay such a simple process," the Chief Minister said, alleging a BJP conspiracy.
To build pressure, the Chief Minister and around 100 Congress MLAs drove to the Governor's House in buses for a show of strength. "Gehlot keep fighting, we are with you. Call a session," the MLAs chanted as they waited for the Governor inside the Raj Bhawan.
"We have a clear majority and we want the assembly to start from Monday. Doodh ka doodh aur pani ka pani ho jayega (everything will be crystal clear)," Mr Gehlot told the media before heading to the Governor's house.
The Rajasthan High Court has said that no action can be taken against Sachin Pilot and other rebel Congress leaders for now, giving a major reprieve for the rebel leaders in the disqualification case. The court said there will be "status quo" until its decision on the rebels' petition against disqualification notices.
The verdict, which was expected today, has been delayed after the court accepted team Pilot's eleventh-hour request to add the centre to the case so it can weigh in on whether the anti-defection law applies to them.
The rebels have argued in court that such notices cannot be served by a Speaker when the assembly is not in session. They have challenged a rule that allows the Speaker to disqualify members if they have "voluntarily given up the party's membership". They say they do not intend to quit the Congress; they only want a change in the leadership.
The Speaker had attempted to get the High Court verdict blocked in the Supreme Court, but the top court refused to intervene, saying it would take up the case again on Monday. But the High Court ruling will be subject to the final order of the Supreme Court.
Here are the highlights on Rajasthan Political Crisis:
Cabinet meeting at Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's residence concludes. An Approval has been given for the proposal to call the assembly session; the proposal will be sent to the Rajasthan governor again.
Cabinet meeting at Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's residence over the holding of State Assembly session, concludes.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot addresses the media after meeting Governor:
Ashok Gehlot addresses the media. Main pointers:
- The issue could have been easily sorted last evening. What is the reason that it is not done? Even in today's meeting I have requested that it be allowed (assembly session).
- The state cabinet has decided to call for an assembly session. The governor must accept this - that is the norm.
- We are all here, waiting, hoping that it be done soonest.
- Our colleagues have been kept captive in a resort in Haryana. There is no way to get in touch with them. No one can approach them.
- We follow Mahatma Gandhi ji and his teachings, and hence we will sit here peacefully, in hope that the assembly sessin be called soonest.
- The governor - Kalraj Mishra ji is a respected person. Both government and opposition respects him... Kalraj Mishra ji is respected both in Rajasthan and in Delhi... we hope he will make the right decision soon.
- There is no question on him coming under any pressure. As we all know that the governor is a constitutional post and there can be no pressure on the governor.
- This is all a BJP conspiracy and in the end we will see that the truth alone will triumph.
- Another thing that I want to point out is that in such a situation, it is usually the opposition that insists for a trust vote to prove numbers in the house, but here it is unique, the government of the day themselves are calling for a trust vote to prove their numbers.
Kapil Sibal To Sachin Pilot: You Can't Make The Party A Public Tamasha
You can't be Chief Minister of a state with the support of just 20-25 legislators, Congress leader Kapil Sibal told party rebel Sachin Pilot through a news conference on Friday, hours after the sacked Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister scored a temporary reprieve at the high court. "You can't make party a tamasha (grand show) before the public," Mr Sibal said.
Raising Dissent Doesn't Amount To Leaving Party: Team Pilot's Counsel
Raising voice of dissent and asking for the chief minister to be removed does not amount to leaving the party, senior lawyer Mukul Rohatgi said on Sachin Pilot's revolt. Read more here
Rajasthan Political Crisis: 5 Big Issues Rajasthan Verdict On Sachin Pilot Will Address
In his case against his own party, Sachin Pilot has sought to nullify attempts to disqualify him and 18 other MLAs from the legislature. The Rajasthan High Court today banned any action against him for now. It has not indicated when it will hear the matter. Mr Pilot's party, the Congress, has already asked the Supreme Court to consider its petition - that no court can intervene before the Speaker of the House has taken the decision. In this case, the Congress argues, the Speaker has not yet decided whether he will move to disqualify Team Pilot. He has only asked them to explain why they disobeyed party orders to attend meetings chaired by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot who was Mr Pilot's boss till recently.
Ashok Gehlot's MLAs, Waiting To Meet Governor, Shout Slogans
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot landed up at the Governor's House with at least 100 Congress MLAs this afternoon, escalating pressure on Governor Kalraj Mishra to call an assembly session.
Scores of MLAs were seen sitting on the lawns of the Raj Bhawan and shouting slogans as they waited for the Governor. Many of the MLAs milled around the house, looking determined for a stake-out until the situation went their way.
Ashok Gehlot said he had written to the Governor asking for an assembly session from Monday. He is keen to face a trust vote while he has the numbers.
"House bulao, house bulao (call the assembly, call the assembly," the MLAs shouted, in a series of slogans.
The other chants were: "Gehlot keep fighting, we are with you" and "Justice is our mantra".
The Chief Minister was seen walking among the slogan-shouting MLAs.
Rajasthan Congress MLAs, waiting to meet Governor at Raj Bhawan, shout slogans of "House bulaao (call assembly session)". Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had met Governor Kalraj Mishra this afternoon over the issue of the convening of the Assembly Session.
Congress MLAs wait in the garden at Raj Bhawan while Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot meets the Governor.
"We will do everything possible to save Ashok Gehlot government: Minister
Earlier, minister Pratap Singh Khachariya had claimed that the party will do everything possible to save the Gehlot government. "We will do everything possible, public has given mandate to Ashok Gehlot government... we are not scared," he said outside the Raj Bhawan.
Congress MLAs supporting Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on way to Raj Bhawan to meet Governor Kalraj Mishra.
State Health Minister Raghu Sharma said that the government was willing to conduct COVID-19 test of all the MLAs for the assembly session.
Governor "under pressure from top" to stall a test of strength," says Ashok Gehlot
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said that he had requested an assembly session from Monday and accused Governor Kalraj Mishra of delaying the decision because he was "under pressure from the top" to stall a test of strength. "We requested him to call a session last evening and we waited all night, but there was no response. It is beyond comprehension what kind of forces would compel him to delay such a simple process," the Chief Minister said, alleging a BJP conspiracy.
"We have a clear majority and we want the assembly to start from Monday. Doodh ka doodh aur pani ka pani ho jayega (everything will be clear)," Mr Gehlot said, before heading to the Governor's house.
The Governor, responding to the charge, told NDTV that he had not said no to Mr Gehlot's request. "I have not decided yet. Whatever I do will be according to the rules," Mr Mishra said. (Read full story here
Rajasthan Governor to NDTV: "I haven't decided on assembly session, will act according to rules"
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is addressing media
- Ready to call assembly session.
- We have a clear majority.
- Assembly session will make things clear.
- Some MLAs are being held against their wish.
- BJP wants to topple our government.
Ashok Gehlot to meet Governor at 12:30 PM
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot will meet Governor Kalraj Mishra at 12:30 pm along with the MLAs supporting him. Mr Gehlot has sought the meeting shortly after Sachin Pilot and other Congress rebels won a reprieve from the High Court.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot to address media at 12:00 PM.
"Stay granted," tweets MLA from Pilot Camp
Vishvendra Singh, who is part of the rebel camp supporting former Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot, tweeted shortly after the court ordered that no action can be taken against the rebel camp.
The Congress has suspended primary membership of Vishvendra Singh and Bhanwar Lal Sharma, claiming they were involved in a conspiracy to bring down the Ashok Gehlot-led government in the state.
No action against Team Pilot for now, says Rajasthan High Court
No action can be taken against Sachin Pilot and other rebel Congress leaders for now, the Rajasthan High Court said today, in a reprieve for the group against disqualification. The court said there will be "status quo" until its decision on the rebels' petition against disqualification notices. The verdict, which was expected today, has been delayed after the court accepted team Pilot's eleventh-hour request to add the centre to the case so it can weigh in on whether the anti-defection law applies to them.
"There is a possibility that the verdict will not be declared today. The centre may ask for time to respond," Prateek Kasliwal, the Speaker's counsel, told NDTV.
"I have the numbers," Ashok Gehlot tells Governor: Sources
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot met the Governor on Thursday evening and reportedly told him that he has a majority and wants to call an assembly session, sources said. The Chief Minister met Governor Kalraj Mishra shortly after he told reporters that an assembly session would be called "very soon".
"I have the numbers," Ashok Gehlot reportedly told the governor in their third meeting since the rebel crisis broke out nearly two weeks ago. But he did not discuss any dates for the session, Raj Bhawan sources told NDTV. (Read full story here
Sachin Pilot camp wants to make Centre a party in the case
Team Pilot has asked the High Court to make the centre a party in the case. The rebels want the centre to weigh in on whether the anti-defection law applies to their case.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot yesterday said he was confident of his majority and an assembly session would be called "very soon".
The Rajasthan High Court will decide on the petition of 19 rebel MLAs including Sachin Pilot challenging disqualification notices served to them by Speaker CP Joshi last week after they skipped two meetings called by the Chief Minister.
The court may make the centre a party to the case and seek its views to decide on the validity of the anti-defection law in the case of the rebels.
Rajasthan Crisis: Can Team Sachin Pilot Be Disqualified? High Court Verdict At 10:30 AM Today: 10 Points
Sachin Pilot and other rebel Congress leaders will find out today whether they can be disqualified by the Speaker as the Rajasthan High Court pronounces its verdict on their petition a day after the Supreme Court said the "voice of dissent" cannot be suppressed in a democracy. The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to stop the High Court from delivering its verdict, which is likely to impact the revolt-hit Congress government in Rajasthan. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot yesterday said he was confident of his majority and an assembly session would be called soon."
Ashok Gehlot has support of 101 MLAs
The Congress has a narrow lead over the opposition and has only two more than the majority-mark of 101 in the 200-member Rajasthan assembly. Team Pilot has 19 MLAs and the BJP has 72. Including smaller parties and independent members, the opposition has 97 at the moment.
Rajasthan High Court to pass order at 10:30 AM
The Rajasthan High Court will deliver its verdict on the petition filed by 19 dissident Congress MLAs, including Sachin Pilot, against the Speaker's notice for initiating disqualification proceedings against them, at 10:30 AM today.
The rebels have argued in court that such notices cannot be served by a Speaker when the assembly is not in session. They have challenged a rule that allows the Speaker to disqualify members if they have "voluntarily given up the party's membership". They say they do not intend to quit the Congress; they only want a change in the leadership. (Read full story here
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