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Rajasthan Tales: Ashok Gehlot Hands Over List Of 102 MLAs To Rajasthan Governor,Ends Protest
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Congress MLAs supporting him sought time from Governor Kalraj Mishra. Governor has given time at 12:30 pm today.
Rajasthan Tales: Ashok Gehlot Hands Over List Of 102 MLAs To Rajasthan Governor, Ends Protest
New Delhi: The Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot today demanded as assembly session "as soon as possible" and has protested at Governor Kalraj Mishra's house, accusing him of sitting on the request because he was "under pressure" to stall a test of strength.
The Chief Minister, alleging a BJP conspiracy said: "We requested him to call a session in a letter yesterday and we waited all night, but there was no response".
"We are ready to prove our majority. The opposition (BJP) should welcome it, but here it is ulti-ganga (opposite)".Ashok Gehlot has handed over a list of 102 MLAs who are supporting him to the Governor.
At the Governor's House, Raj Bhavan, there were unprecedented scenes, where the CM and around 100 Congress MLAs sat on protest and refused to budge until he made an announcement "Call a session now," the MLAs chanted, sitting on the lawns.
Earlier on Thursday the Governor had met after which he said that his government will soon prove its majority in the assembly.
"We are going with all our MLAs to make a collective request. The people of Rajasthan are with us. If the masses surround the Raj Bhawan, we will not be responsible," said the Chief Minister, flanked by Congress leaders near the Governor's house.
"I requested the Governor again on the phone to call a session without delay. I said you must follow your conscience and preserve the decorum of your constitutional post," he told the media.
The Governor came out and told the CM that he was getting a legal opinion since the Supreme Court is hearing the case.
The Chief Minister said that he would not leave until the assembly session was announced. "I cannot say yes right now," Kalraj Mishra repeated to him. The protest was called off late in the evening. 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 had told the media earlier.
Sources close to the governor say that CM's request "is not very clear" and the agenda for the assembly is "not mentioned " in the four-line proposal
The Rajasthan High Court has ordered the "status quo" on the disqualification notices served by the Speaker to the rebels including Sachin Pilot, who was sacked as the Deputy CM last week.
As per the court order means that the Speaker cannot take any action until the larger constitutional questions of his power are decided. On Monday the Supreme Court will take that question.
The CM said that he expected some of the rebel MLAs to return to the fold "The rebels have been calling us for help. They want to be freed. They are being guarded by bouncers and the police, their phones have been seized," Mr. Gehlot said.
"This is a BJP conspiracy like they did in Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh."
Over the opposition members, the Congress has a narrow lead and has only two more than the majority mark of 101 in the 200 member Rajasthan assembly. Sachin Pilot has 19 MLAs and the BJP has 72. The opposition including smaller parties has 97 at the moment.