Rajasthan political crisis HIGHLIGHTS: BJP urges Centre to deploy CRPF, drive out protesters from Raj Bhavan

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Updated: July 24, 2020 8:54:16 pm

Rajasthan Crisis Live Updates: Rajasthan High Court has stayed Speaker CP Joshi's disqualification proceedings against Sachin Pilot and 18 dissident Congress MLAs.

Sachin Pilot was sacked as deputy CM of Rajasthan last week after his open revolt against Ashok Gehlot.

Crisis In Rajasthan Government: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday said that the Governor should convene a special Assembly session on Monday to discuss the prevailing political situation in the state. Gehlot said he had on Thursday night wrote a letter to the Governor but the latter is yet to respond. “We want to start the State Assembly session from Monday. Everything will be clear then. I had a telephonic conversation with the Governor and requested him to take a decision on this immediately. Now, we are going to meet him also,” he said. Gehlot’s remark comes hours after the Rajasthan High Court ordered status quo on Speaker CP Joshi’s proceedings against sacked deputy CM Sachin Pilot and 18 dissident Congress MLAs. A bench of Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Prakash Gupta also allowed the application moved by Pilot and others seeking impleadment of the Union of India as a party to the proceedings in the disqualification matter.

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    18:01 (IST)24 Jul 2020
    Governor couldn't have stopped Assembly Session without pressure from top: Ashok Gehlot

    CM Ashok Gehlot on protest against Governor: "The Governor is our constitutional head. I don't hesitate to say that he couldn't have stopped it (Assembly Session) without some pressure from the top. Why did he not decide yesterday? We have requested him again to make a decision soon. People are waiting. I am sure that Governor will not come under any pressure, he will make a decision. We hope the Assembly session begins soon. So we are sitting here in protest. After he (Governor) gives us a letter we will decide the further course of action."

    17:38 (IST)24 Jul 2020
    Leave CM post if you want unity of Congress, Sachin Pilot camp to Ashok Gehlot

    Rajasthan criris: MLA Murari Lal Meena, who supports Sachin Pilot, says that all the rebel MLAs camping in Delhi were fed up with chief minister Ashok Gehlot in 1.5 years. He also denies the charges that the BJP have kept them hostage in Delhi. "We are staying in Delhi. CM Ashok Gehlot said we are held hostage by BJP, it's untrue as we were never in touch with them (BJP). On the contrary, our families are sacred due to use of SOG by CM. He (CM) spent man years in Congress an became CM thrice. He should leave CM post if wants the unity of Congress." 

    17:25 (IST)24 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan crisis: BJP urges Centre to deploy CRPF at Raj Bhavan

    BJP Leader GC Kataria: The manner in which you protested at Raj Bhavan and the kind of slogans which were raised, I think no other chief minister can do something as condemnable as this. The nation and legal experts should look into this that CM (Ashok Gehlot) is saying that people will do 'gherao' of Raj Bhawan. I urge the central government to not leave the law and order in the hands of the Rajasthan Police and deploy CRPF so that the sanctity of this constitutional post is upheld. Those protesting at Raj Bhawan should be driven out and all legal remedies should be used for it." 

    16:53 (IST)24 Jul 2020
    'Gehlot zindabad' slogans raised inside Raj Bhavan- Watch

    Congress MLAs raise slogans 'Gehlot zindabad' inside Raj Bhavan in Jaipur.

    16:10 (IST)24 Jul 2020
    'Numbers with us', says Congress leader

    Congress general secretary Avinash Pande said, "Truth, people and numbers are with us. Our demand for justice will continue against BJP's attempts to assassinate democracy. Satyameva Jayate."

    15:29 (IST)24 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehot meets Governor

    Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot meets Governor Kalraj Mishra, at Raj Bhawan in Jaipur.

    14:56 (IST)24 Jul 2020
    Ashok Gehlot, supporting MLAs arrive at Raj Bhawan

    Congress MLAs supporting Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot show victory sign as they enter Raj Bhawan to meet Governor Kalraj Mishra.

    14:44 (IST)24 Jul 2020
    Randeep Singh Surjewala questions dealy in calling Assembly session

    Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said when the Congress government has a majority and wants to call the House, then why are the BJP and their followers running away from the House?. "Why do the mad hukramans in Delhi fear a majority in the legislature?" he asked.

    14:42 (IST)24 Jul 2020
    Congress demands Gajendra Singh Shekhawat's resignation

    Congress leader Pawan Khera demanded the resignation of BJP leader and Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. He said that Shekhawat was was involved in a credit cooperative scam being probed on by a Jaipur Court. A court in Jaipur yesterday ordered an inquiry into the alleged scam.

    14:40 (IST)24 Jul 2020
    Congress Legislative Party meeting at Jaipur hotel

    Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting took place at Fairmont Hotel in Jaipur. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Congress leader Ajay Maken were present.

    14:16 (IST)24 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan: BJP MLA moves court over BSP MLAs' merger with Congress

    BJP MLA Madan Dilawar has filed a petition in the High Court for quashing the merger of six BSP MLAs with the Congress, a move which helped the ruling party to retain majority in the assembly. He also challenged the inaction of the Speaker in not deciding on his plea seeking the disqualification of the Bahujan Samaj Party MLAs from the assembly.

    13:31 (IST)24 Jul 2020
    'Governor under pressure, not giving directions to call session'

    Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot said that the government wants an Assembly session to be convened in order to discuss issues including corona and the political situation. "We believe that because of certain pressures, Governor is not giving directions to call the session," he said.

    13:07 (IST)24 Jul 2020
    Ashok Gehlot wants Governor to convene Assembly session on Monday

    Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has demanded from Governor to convene special Assembly session on Monday. Addressing thei media here, he said, "We want to start the State Assembly session from Monday. Everything will be clear then. I had a telephonic conversation with the Governor and requested him to take a decision on this immediately. Now, we are going to meet him also."

    12:20 (IST)24 Jul 2020
    Ashok Gehlot to meet Governor Kalraj Mishra shortly

    Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Congress MLAs supporting him sought time from Governor Kalraj Mishra. Governor has given time at 12:30 pm today.

    12:13 (IST)24 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan: CM Ashok Gehlot writes to Governor

    Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had written to the state Govenor, asking for the next state assembly session to be convened. According to reports, Ashok Gehlot's camp of MLAs may meet the Governor to ask him to convene the assembly session. A whip may now be issued, and if Pilot and his camp of dissident MLAs don't turn up for the session, this might be grounds for their disqualification.

    11:28 (IST)24 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan HC directs status quo on Congress' case against Pilot camp

    Rajasthan High Court directs ‘status quo’ in the case against Congress, on the petition filed by Sachin Pilot and MLAs against disqualification notice.

    11:03 (IST)24 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan: HC allows rebel MLAs' plea to make Centre a party to case

    The Rajasthan High Court on Friday accepted the rebel MLAs plea to make the Central government a party to the case. The High Court will deliver an order on the 19 MLAs' plea challenging their disqualification by the Assembly Speaker shortly.

    10:27 (IST)24 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan crisis: CM Ashok Gehlot meets Governor

    Earlier on Thursday, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also met Governor Kalraj Mishra at the Raj Bhawan in what was described as a courtesy call. The two held discussions for 20 minutes. According to reports, the discussion revolved around the possibility of calling a session of the Vidhan Sabha.

    10:21 (IST)24 Jul 2020
    Send audio clips abroad for forensic tests: Ashok Gehlot

    Targeting Union BJP leader and Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said the audio tapes which indicate an alleged plot to topple the Congress government can be sent abroad for forensic tests.

    10:12 (IST)24 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan High Court verdict at 10:30 AM

    The Rajasthan High Court will deliver its verdict on the petition filed by 19 dissident Congress MLAs including Sachin Pilot against Speaker CP Joshi's notice for disqualification proceedings against them at 10:30 AM.

    10:00 (IST)24 Jul 2020
    Ashok Gehlot has support of 101 MLAs

    According to reports, the Congress government has a narrow lead over the opposition BJP. The party has 101 MLAs supporting Ashok Gehlot in the 200-member House. The team Pilot has 19 MLAs and the BJP has 72.

    09:54 (IST)24 Jul 2020
    'Not shying away from anything', Ashok Gehlot on floor test

    On floor test, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said that he was not shying away from anything. "If required, we are ready for a floor test and will win it with a thumping majority," he said.

    09:50 (IST)24 Jul 2020
    Ashok Gehlot doesn't have majority: BJP

    Rajasthan BJP president Satish Poonia said Ashok Gehlot would not have been herding his MLAs in Fairmont Hotel over last one week if he had the majority numbers. "During the first CLP meeting at his residence, the party said that they have 109 MLAs with them, however, 19 MLAs were camping in Haryana at that time which came out later. So they have been lying," he said.

    09:35 (IST)24 Jul 2020
    'Comfortable majority', claims CM Ashok Gehlot

    Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has claimed that the Congress government in Rajasthan has a comfortable majority in the Assembly. "We also enjoy support of the people. So the government is fully stable and will complete its full term," he said.

    09:18 (IST)24 Jul 2020
    Sachin Pilot wants HC to include Centre in list of respondents

    Sacked Deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot and 18 MLAs, who challenged notices for disqualification issued by the Rajasthan assembly speaker in the high court, moved an application before the court on Thursday to include the Union government in the list of respondents. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

    09:10 (IST)24 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan crisis: What Supreme Court said on CP Joshi's plea?

    The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to stop the High Court from pronouncing its decision on Friday on a petition by 19 rebel MLAs led by sacked deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot against the Speaker’s disqualification notices given to them for defying the party. The top court said the HC’s decision will be subject to the final orders of the apex court. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

    09:09 (IST)24 Jul 2020
    CP Joshi moved SC against HC directive

    CP Joshi had on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court against the HC’s order that restrained him till July 24 from deciding the disqualification notices he had issued to Sachin Pilot camp.

    09:07 (IST)24 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan HC verdict on Pilot camp's plea today

    The Rajasthan High Court will deliver its verdict on a plea filed by Sachin Pilot and 18 dissident Congress MLAs on Friday. The verdict will be delivered at 10:30 AM.

    The rift between Gehlot and Pilot came out in open earlier this month after the SOG of state police served a notice to the then deputy CM, asking him to record his statement in an alleged bid to topple the Congress government. Pilot was later sacked as the deputy CM and Congress' Rajasthan chief. While Pilot and 18 MLAs belonging to his camp are staying at a resort near Gurugram, the legislators loyal to Ashok Gehlot camp have put up at a resort on the outskirts of capital Jaipur for the last one week.
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