Congress notice to 3 Gehlot loyalists for indiscipline, 'meet' in Jaipur | Key points
Rajasthan political crisis: The three leaders against whom the Congress observers recommended disciplinary action are cabinet minister Shanti Dhariwal, RTDC chairman Dharmendra Rathore and Congress chief whip in the Assembly Mahesh Joshi.
Three close aides and key loyalists of Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot were issued notices on Tuesday for indiscipline after AICC observers submitted their report to Congress president Sonia Gandhi amid a boiling leadership crisis in the western state. The observers, however, did not seek any action against Gehlot.
The three leaders were blamed for Sunday's drama when a majority of Congress MLAs, loyal to Gehlot, held a parallel meeting at a minister's residence when a Congress Legislature Party meeting had been convened at the chief minister's house. They later visited speaker CP Joshi's house to submit their resignations should Gehlot be asked to resign when elected as the Congress president and Sachin Pilot is named as his replacement.
Here are the top developments on Day-3 of the latest crisis in Rajasthan:
- The three leaders against whom the Congress observers recommended disciplinary action are cabinet minister Shanti Dhariwal, RTDC chairman Dharmendra Rathore and Congress chief whip in the Assembly Mahesh Joshi.
- In their report to Gandhi, AICC observers Mallikarjun Kharge and Ajay Maken flagged "gross indiscipline" on the part of leaders who organised the parallel meeting that has now become a source of major embarrassment for the central leadership.
- The panel's member secretary Tariq Anwar in the notice to the three Congress veterans referred to Maken's report. "Prima facie, the above charges are an act of grave indiscipline. Therefore, this show cause notice is being issued seeking your reply within 10 days as to why disciplinary action not be taken against you as per the provisions of the constitution of the Indian National Congress," the notice read.
- Earlier in the evening, about 25 Congress MLAs, including ministers paid a visit to Gehlot's residence in Jaipur.
- Several names have cropped up for the probable presidential candidate including Kharge, AK Antony, Kamal Nath, Digvijaya Singh, Ambika Soni and Pawan Kumar Bansal. Most of them ruled themselves out of the race. Gehlot is still in the race, according to some.
- Earlier in the day, Pilot arrived in Delhi. According to reports, his visit was a personal one and had nothing to do with the political developments.
- Pilot also refuted reports of him speaking with the party high command against Gehlot continuing in his current role.