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Gehlot protests at Raj Bhavan; What about law and order, asks governor | India News


JAIPUR: Rajasthan witnessed a major political drama on Friday when CM Ashok Gehlot arrived at Governor Kalraj Mishra’s official residence with more than 100 lawmakers, including independents. He met Mishra and insisted on convening the assembly session, which appears to have the intention of demonstrating his strength and forcing the hand of the rebels seeking protection against disqualification.
The CM and MLA remained in place for more than five hours from 2.30 pm to 7.35 pm, and raised slogans for an assembly session as recommended by the state cabinet. Gehlot called the protest “Gandhian satyagraha”. Previously, Gehlot said: “If the people of the state now do gherao Raj Bhavan (for not convening the session), we will not be responsible.”
The governor responded by expressing anguish over Gehlot’s comments. “My only request is that if you and your home department cannot protect even the rulers, what is your opinion on the state of law and order in the state? With that, also tell me which agency should be contacted for the safety of the governor. In my long political career, I have never heard such a statement from any CM, ”he wrote to Gehlot.
The decision to convene the assembly is considered to be the prerogative of the government, and the governor generally has few, if any, objections. But the political subtext of events has turned it into a political cauldron. If the assembly meets, it is likely to compel Pilot and the MLA rebels to surface, as violating the party’s scourge in the House will jeopardize their membership.
If they attend the House, it could affect their case in the Supreme Court, which is listening to the President’s challenge to instructions from the Rajasthan superior court regarding disqualification notices. Gehlot and the MLAs, as well as the top members of Congress, went to the hotel where they camp only after the governor assured them that the assembly could be convened once the cabinet answered questions asked by Raj Bhavan. Congressman Randeep Singh Surjewala said: “CM Gehlot called a cabinet meeting at 9:30 p.m. To respond to the governor’s brief note of consultation tonight or tomorrow, so that the session can be convened as soon as possible.”
The move to convene the assembly is the next act in the political drama that saw the SC order that any high court decision on disqualification be suspended until it has heard the matter and evaluates issues such as whether dissent can be stifled by the threat. disqualification procedures. .
This was seen as a setback for Gehlot and Congress and led to the decision to request the convocation of the assembly. Whether or not dissidents retain their membership is considered to be a key determining factor in a test of strength. Before driving Raj Bhavan with the MLAs on four buses, Gehlot said: “I do not understand the mystery behind not convening the session. The governor is a constitutional chief and could not have stopped the assembly session without some pressure from the top. ” Gehlot said the governor was required to call a session once the government requested it based on a cabinet decision.
In reaction to Gehlot’s statements, Shekhawat tweeted: “Can a responsible CM tell this to the governor of a state? Gehlotji seems to forget that the chair he sits on is for governing and not for goondagardi. ”
Opposition leader Gulab Chand Kataria said the central government should hand over Raj Bhavan’s security to the CRPF. Clarifying his statement, Gehlot later said: “Saying ‘people go to gherao Raj Bhavan’ is political language that even the late Bhairon Singh Shekhawat used as a CM when he presented MLA to the governor (in 1996).

Times of India