Rajasthan Assembly session from Tuesday, Congress nominates CP Joshi as speaker
The first session of the newly-elected Rajasthan Assembly will start on Tuesday. Prior to this, governor Kalyan Singh administered the oath of office to protem speaker Gulab Chand Kataria on Monday.
Kataria, who has already been elected as the Leader of the Opposition in the 15th state assembly, will work as the protem speaker till the assembly elects the Speaker.
The oath ceremony for the protem speaker was held at the Governor House. Chief minister Ashok Gehlot, deputy CM Sachin Pilot and parliamentary affair minister Shanti Dhariwal present on the occasion.
Congress has decided to appoint senior MLA CP Joshi as the assembly speaker, Mahesh Joshi as chief whip and Mahendra Choudhary as deputy chief whip. “The post of deputy speaker has been kept vacant,” said Avinash Pande, AICC general secretary and incharge Rajasthan.
The newly-elected MLAs will take oath in the assembly on Wednesday, while the governor will address the house on Thursday. The assembly may run for nine days. The decision regarding the same will be taken in the Business Advisory Committee meeting.
Sources in the government claimed that bills related to direct election of mayor and chairperson of local bodies will be brought in the session. Another bill to nullify the law that provided for the minimum education qualification to contest elections in the Panchayati Raj Institutions, which was brought by the previous BJP government in 2015, will also be introduced, they added.
Meanwhile, the opposition is “all-prepared” to corner government over loan waiver and illegal mining of bajri (river sand). According to the assembly website, six MLAs have listed 101 questions related to issues such as loan waiver, swine flu, urea shortage, illegal mining of bajri, PHED, reopening of schools closed by previous government and assistance to farmers, who committed suicide.
Maximum questions have been listed by Navalgarh MLA Rajkumar Sharma (27), followed by Ameen Khan (22), Nirmal Kumawat (19), Kiran Maheshwari (10), Hanuman Beniwal (16) and Hemram Choudhary (7).
In his question related to the loan waiver for farmers, Kumawat has asked - Has the government announced loan waiver for farmers? If yes, how many and much? Who all farmers are eligible for the waiver? Do the government plan to waive off complete loan on farmers in Rajasthan? If yes, till when and if not, why?
Former minister Kiran Maheshwari has asked is illegal mining of bajri happening at large level? What policy is there to curb it? How many cases have been registered in last two months and what all actions have been taken? What is the action plan of the government to place an effective curb on illegal bajri mining?
Enter your email to get our daily newsletter in your inbox
- Prices of petrol and diesel across the country are market-determined and attract uniform central excise duty, but their prices differ from state to state because of the wide variations in the local levies or value-added tax.
- Gehlot went on to say that such a situation has come in the country where there is pressure on all institutions such as the judiciary and the CBI.
- Rajasthan police is looking into allegations that the local police officer, who was under transfer, did not register the FIR.
- The total detected amount in major fake invoice cases is ₹798.88 crore.
- A prominent farmer leader said they will display tableaus of around 14 states in the tractor parade and around 2000 vehicles, including tractors, will participate in the rally on the Republic Day.
- The government claims that there's no proof either of any loss of revenue and of benefits accruing to department officials or of their involvement in any conspiracy.
- Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul had petitioned the high court last year seeking quashing of the FIR. The court had already given interim protection to both of them from arrest.
- A senior BJP leader said that attempts have been made to include almost all the major communities in the core group.
- The accused put up the warning against the corporator on his facebook page and made offers to hire contract killers, following which, police’s cyber cell traced and nabbed him
- n the missing complaint, family members expressed apprehension that the boy might have crossed to Pakistan since the family lived very close to the Indo-Pak international border and they had relatives in Pabni village in Pakistan.
- Chief minister Ashok Gehlot claimed that Rajasthan was the only state in India to be put in the green category in the detailed evaluation done by the World Health Organization due to better performance on all the parameters of vaccination.
- The IT department sleuths also found an alpha-numeric secret code on each item found in the tunnel. Attempts are on to crack the code.
- The Supreme Court had said last year in February that illegal sand mining could cause irreparable damage to the environment and is rampant in Rajasthan.