By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: July 29, 2020 10:32:52 pm
Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra had returned the state cabinet proposal to convene the assembly thrice before giving his nod. (Twitter/Ashok Gehlot)
Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra on Wednesday evening gave his nod for the Assembly session to be held from August 14, hours after the Ashok Gehlot-led cabinet sent a revised proposal—the fourth in seven days—to the Governor amidst the political crisis in the state. The session will be held as per the state legislative assembly rules.
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In the revised proposal, the Gehlot cabinet had demanded an Assembly session from August 14. What made this proposal different from the previous ones was the fact that it abided by the Governor’s suggestion to call a regular session at a 21-day notice (from July 23). The fresh proposal cited some ministerial work as the agenda to call the session.
While returning the state cabinet proposal for the third time to convene the assembly earlier today, the Governor had said if the government was not stating the reason for holding a short-notice session, it could call a regular session at a 21-day notice. He had asked the Gehlot cabinet to resubmit its proposal, giving a “solid reason” for calling a session at short notice.
The latest development also comes after a meeting between state assembly Speaker C P Joshi and Governor Mishra.
Gehlot is facing a rebellion from his now sacked deputy, Sachin Pilot, who has the support of 18 dissident Congress MLAs. Altogether, the Congress claims to have the support of 107 MLAs in the 200-member assembly and the BJP 72.
As the impasse over calling a session deepened, Chief Minister Gehlot then held a 15-minute meeting Mishra at the Raj Bhawan. The state cabinet met later. Exuding confidence that his government would survive a floor test, if and when they are asked to prove majority, Gehlot said: “Whether Rajasthan governor seeks a notice of 21 days or 31 days to call assembly session, we will be victorious.”
On Tuesday, the state cabinet resent a proposal to the Governor, sticking to the July 31 date for holding a session and refusing to mention that it planned to hold a trust vote.
Mishra had cancelled previous proposals by the Gehlot government citing three reasons: a 21-day notice for calling a session, live broadcast of the proceedings in case of a trust vote, and adequate social distancing measures in the House amid the pandemic.
He had, however, said that “if the government wants to seek a trust vote, then this can be a reasonable basis for calling a session on short notice”. But, he said, while the Gehlot government’s comments, as reported in the media, make it clear that it wants a trust vote, it hasn’t mentioned this in its proposal.
Sources told The Indian Express that the government has said that the agenda of the House is decided by the Business Advisory Committee (BAC).
Citing the Covid pandemic, Mishra had said that a Assembly session cannot be called “without any special urgency”. “From what I know, there is no seating plan to accommodate all the 200 MLAs while maintaining social distancing,” he had said.
On July 23, the Gehlot cabinet had first sent its recommendation for an Assembly session. After the Governor returned the proposal, the government sent a second proposal on July 25. The Governor returned this on Monday, and asked the government to send a fresh recommendation addressing the three points raised by him.
Meanwhile, Governor Mishra has cancelled the annual Independence Day at home event owing to the spurt in COVID-19 cases. A press statement issued by the Raj Bhawan quoting Mishra said the Governor was concerned about the rise in coronavirus cases in the state.
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