At Rajasthan Guv’s house, ‘Ashok Gehlot zindabad’ slogans to make a point
The CM has been pressing for an assembly session to discuss coronavirus and the political situation in the state.Updated: Jul 24, 2020 16:29 IST
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, after questioning the delay in calling the assembly session, arrived in four buses with his MLAs from the luxury resort to the state governor Kalraj Mishra’s residence.
The CM has been pressing for an assembly session to discuss coronavirus and the political situation in the state. He has accused the governor of stalling on the question of convening an assembly session.
The development came after the Rajasthan high court ordered status quo to be maintained in the disqualification case against rebel Congress leader Sachin Pilot and 18 other dissident MLAs.
The CM, who had been expecting the orders to convene the House session last night, had warned that if they are not issued today, he will be meeting governor Mishra at the Raj Bhawan, requesting him to make the decision. He wants the session to be called on Monday.
The Congress MLAs, who the CM claims are over 100 in number, flashed the victory sign for the posse of cameramen as the buses drove through the gates to the governor’s house.
Upon reaching, CM Gehlot headed straight to meet governor Kalraj Mishra, while the lawmakers were seen sitting under the sun in the Raj Bhawan garden.
The MLAs resorted to sloganeering. “Inquilab Zindabad, Ashok Gehlot Zindabad” slogans rend the air on a crisp cool summer afternoon on the expansive lawns of the governor’s house.
Soon after the governor, accompanied by CM Gehlot, came to the lawns to meet the MLAs.
An independent assessment of the breakup of the 200-member Rajasthan assembly had earlier indicated that the Gehlot camp has 101 legislators and the Pilot camp, 22 including 19 Congress rebels and three independents.
The Opposition has 75 MLAs, including 72 of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and three of the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party.