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We’ll vacuum the Prime Minister’s house if necessary, says Ashok Gehlot | India News


JAIPUR: A day after leading a dharna at the Raj Bhawan in Jaipur, the Rajasthan chief minister said on Saturday that if necessary, MLAs in Congress will meet with the president and hold a sit-in outside the prime minister’s house to solve the crisis in the state.
According to party sources, Gehlot said this while speaking to a congressional Legislative Party meeting held at the hotel where loyal MLAs are hiding. He also told MLAs that they may have to stay there longer.
“The Prime Minister asked us to remain prepared to stay longer at the hotel. If necessary, he said, we would go meet with the president and also hold a dharna outside the prime minister’s residence, “said one party leader.
On Friday, congressional MLAs had squatted on the Raj Bhawan lawn for several hours, demanding that Governor Kalraj Mishra call a session of the Vidhan Sabha so that they could taste their majority.
Gehlot alleged that the Governor was under “pressure from above” not to convene a session, hinting that the BJP government at the Center was involved in the state power struggle.
The BJP condemned the sit-in on Raj Bhawan and an earlier comment by Gehlot that “we will not be held responsible” if the people of the Gherao state.
The dharna at the Raj Bhawan was suspended on Friday night, according to Congress, after Mishra said he will comply with the Constitution but will not act under any pressure.
The governor asked Gehlot to resubmit his recommendation for a session, clarifying six points.
These included consultations on the free movement of MLA and the reason why the session should be urgently called.
On Saturday, the CM was expected to present a redrafted recommendation for one session.
The Gehlot government has been under threat after its now-fired deputy Sachin Pilot rebelled. Another 18 dissident MLAs have also challenged the party’s whip to attend CLP meetings.
Including the 19 dissidents, Congress has 107 MLAs in the 200-member assembly and BJP 72.

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