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State Headed For Constitutional Crisis,Says BJP After Meeting Governor
Mr Gehlot has been pressing for an Assembly session to prove his majority since Thursday
State Headed For Constitutional Crisis, Says BJP After Meeting Governor
New Delhi: The delegation of the opposition BJP met Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra and discussed prevailing COVID-19 and the political situation in the state. Satish Poonia BJP state president and Leader of Opposition Gulab Chand Kataria led the 13 member delegation.
Addressing the media after the meeting the Rajasthan BJP chief Satish Punia and other BJP leaders hit out at CM Ashok Gehlot, accusing them of the theatrics and preventing the Governor from carrying out his constitutional duty.
BJP state president Satish Punia after the party delegation met Governor said that "There is a procedure to be followed for calling an Assembly session but the Raj Bhavan was made a theatre for a sit-in. Is that proper? They are violating the Epidemic Act," adding into it said that "We have asked the Governor that focus should be on coronavirus. It is out of control in Rajasthan".
An Uttar Pradesh BJP leader who was the part of delegation Ashom Katariya said that "This is no way to demand an Assembly session. You cannot gherao (picket) the Raj Bhavan. You cannot give dharnas (protests) and demand an Assembly session".
"The cabinet has the right to ask for an Assembly session but you have to give reasons for it. The Congress is not giving any reasons for calling the Assembly," Mr. Katariya added. The Raj Bhavan needs CRPF (central reserve police force) as security," he also said, echoing demands made last week by party colleague Gulab Chand Kataria, who is also Leader of the Opposition.
Whereas the political situation in the state is unlikely to an end anytime soon, with Gehlot saying that the MLAs in his camp, who are currently at the Hotel Fairmont, might have to stay there for at least 21 days more. The Rajasthan Congress is likely to meet again the Governor requesting him to convene a session of the Assembly.
The CM and the MLAs on Friday have protested and shouted slogans outside Mr. Mishra's official residence after their request for an Assembly session on Monday was turned down.
Mr. Gehlot accusing the governor of delaying the Assembly because he is "under pressure" to halt his test of strength held a late-night cabinet meeting to rework the Assembly session proposal.
Following a second cabinet meeting this evening in as many days a revised proposal was drawn up and passed. It will be submitted to the Governor today.
The Chief Minister is however confident of the number to win the floor test at this stage, if he does so then his government cannot be tested for the next six months.