Rajasthan: Video of Speaker, CM’s son goes viral, BJP demands Joshi to quit

Rajasthan: Video of Speaker, CM’s son goes viral, BJP demands Joshi to quit

JAIPUR: A video of a conversation between Speaker

C P Joshi

and chief minister

Ashok Gehlot

‘s son Vaibhav has gone viral in which Joshi was heard talking about a close shave of the government.

The speaker was heard saying that if 30 MLAs had gone, the situation would have been tough.

Initially former deputy chief minister

Sachin Pilot

, who had engineered a rebellion in Congress Legislature Party with 19 MLAs, had claimed that he had 30 MLAs with him and the Gehlot government had become minority.

The purported discussion between the two can be heard with Joshi saying, “Nothing could have been done had 30 MLAs left the camp. Then, you could have done nothing and they could have toppled the government.”

Vaibhav is heard saying in the video that the situation now is similar to the one before the

Rajya Sabha

polls. The Congress MLAs were shifted to a hotel before Rajya Sabha polls after chief minister got a tip-off of a rebellion by Pilot that time.

The video was shot at Joshi’s residence when Vaibhav Gehlot went to wish him on his birthday on Wednesday. Vaibhav and Joshi enjoy a special relation as he succeeded Joshi to the post of RCA president while Joshi is his mentor.

Meanwhile, the BJP has insisted that the Speaker should resign on moral grounds as he appeared to be biased in the video.

Poonia seeks Speaker’s resignation

State BJP president

Satish Poonia

said, “The Speaker is not talking to any ordinary person but to the son of Ashok Gehlot. In such a situation, it is clear that he is not impartial but supporting the Congress.” Poonia termed it as unconstitutional and demanded his resignation.

He said it was better the speaker himself clarified on the veracity of the video. He said in order to maintain the speaker’s impartiality and integrity, it is not suitable for him to continue in the post.

“Speaker C P Joshi seems more concerned about saving the government. His inclination towards the ruling party is evident in the video which is against the constitutional post he is holding. Speaker is supposed to be a neutral post,” Poonia said.

Speaking on convening the session from August 14 in the midst of Corona spurt, he said the government will be solely responsible for any infection of the members. He said convening the session with threat and intimidation of the governor is against democratic tradition.

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