Rajasthan political crisis live Highlights: High Court dismisses petition against BSP-Congress merger

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Updated: July 27, 2020 5:23:38 pm

Rajasthan High Court dismissed on Monday BJP MLA Madan Dilawar's writ petition questioning the Speaker's inaction on his complaint against the merger of six BSP MLAs with the Congress.

Sachin Pilot was sacked as deputy CM of Rajasthan after a revolt against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. (File pic)

Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra on Monday allowed the Ashok Gehlot government to convene special Assembly session. The Raj Bhawan in a statement said that “not convening the Assembly was never the intention”. The development comes hours after the Governor returned files related to the convening of the Assembly Session. The files were were returned to the Parliamentary Affairs Department of the state by the Raj Bhawan, news agency ANI reported citing sources. Raj Bhawan has sought some additional details from the state government on convening a special Assembly session. This was the second time when the Governor had returned files. Meanwhile, the High Court on Monday dismissed a petition filed by a BJP MLA against the merger of the BSP with the ruling Congress last year. The petition was fled by BJP MLA Madan Dilawar. Six BSP MLAs — Sandeep Yadav, Wajib Ali, Deepchand Kheria, Lakhan Meena, Jogendra Awana and Rajendra Gudha had merged with the Congress last year. In another related development, Speaker CP Joshi urged the Supreme Court to allow him to withdraw the petition contesting the High Court’s last week directive. The top court allowed him to withdraw the petition. Joshi’s counsel said that he needs more time to chart out the legal strategy. The development comes soon after Governor Kalraj Mishra returned

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    15:54 (IST)27 Jul 2020
    Former Law ministers write to Governor Kalraj Mishra

    Congress' Salman Khurshid, Ashwani Kumar and Kapil Sibal write to Rajasthan Governor over proposal to convene Assembly Session. Letter reads 'Any deviation from constitutional position in current circumstances would be an avoidable negation of your office & create a constitutional crisis.'

    15:36 (IST)27 Jul 2020
    P Chidambaram slams Rajasthan Governor

    Congress leader P Chidambaram said Governors appointed by BJP violated letter, spirit of Constitution, gravely impaired parliamentary democracy.

    15:29 (IST)27 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan: Governor allows Ashok Gehlot govt to call special Assembly session

    Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra orders State Government to call for an Assembly Session. Not convening the Assembly was never the intention: Raj Bhawan, Rajasthan

    15:07 (IST)27 Jul 2020
    BSP moves Rajasthan HC

    Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) moves Rajasthan High Court seeking to become a party in the petition by BJP against the merger of six BSP MLAs in the state with Congress party.

    15:06 (IST)27 Jul 2020
    Ashok Gehlot speaks to PM Modi, discusses Governor's behaviour

    Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot said that he spoke with Prime Minister yesterday and told him about the behaviour of the Governor. "I spoke with him regarding the letter I had written to him seven days back," he said.

     

    15:01 (IST)27 Jul 2020
    Haryana Congress leaders protest in Panchkula

    Haryana Congress leaders stage a protest in Panchkula. Congress is holding a nationwide protest under the campaign 'Speak Up for Democracy.'

    14:58 (IST)27 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan HC dismisses petition filed by BJP against BSP-Congress merger

    Rajasthan High Court dismisses the petition filed by BJP against the merger of six BSP MLAs in the state with Congress party.

    14:00 (IST)27 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan: Congress MLAs hold prayer meet to 'save democracy, Constitution'

    Rajasthan Congress legislators held a prayer meeting on Monday under the "save democracy, save Constitution" programme in the hotel where they are holed up. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, AICC general secretary Avinash Pande and other leaders participated in the meeting. The party was earlier scheduled to hold a protest outside the Raj Bhawan here, but it was called off Sunday.

    13:29 (IST)27 Jul 2020
    What Rajasthan High Court ordered last week

    The Rajasthan High Court had ordered on Friday maintenance of status quo on the disqualification notice issued by the Speaker to 19 dissident Congress MLAs, including Pilot. Earlier on Thursday, the Supreme Couer had refused to restrain the high court from passing an order on a plea by Pilot and 18 other MLAs challenging the disqualification notice against them.

    13:05 (IST)27 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan political crisis: 'BSP-Congress meger unconstitutional'

    BSP general secretary Satish Chandra Misra wrote to Governor & Assembly Speaker that alleged merger of BSP-Congress is unconstitutional. The BSP has issued a whip to all its 6 MLAs to vote against the Congress during the trust vote if a special Assembly session is convened.

    12:43 (IST)27 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan crisis: Congress leaders detained while trying to march towards L-G office

    Congress leaders, including its Delhi unit chief Anil Kumar, were detained while trying to march to the Lieutenant Governor's office in Civil Lines here, in a protest against the BJP's alleged move to topple the Rajasthan government.

    12:27 (IST)27 Jul 2020
    Speak Up for Democracy campaign: Congress leaders detained in Lucknow

    Congress leaders, including UP Congress chief Ajay Kumar Lallu & AICC Gen Secy in-charge of Chhattisgarh, PL Punia, detained, while protesting in front of the Raj Bhavan in Lucknow. Congress is holding a nationwide protest under the campaign 'Speak Up for Democracy'.

    12:14 (IST)27 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan Speaker's argument in Supreme Court

    Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Speaker CP Joshi, told a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra that the Rajasthan High Court had passed a fresh order on Friday and they were weighing the legal options. While withdrawing the plea, Sibal said that the appeal had become infructuous as the SC did not stay the earlier High Court order passed last Tuesday asking the Speaker to defer the disqualification proceedings till Friday.

    11:22 (IST)27 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan Speaker withdraws petition from SC

    Rajasthan Speaker CP Joshi urges the Supreme Court to allow him to withdraw the petition. The court allowed him to withdraw the petition. Joshi's counsel said that he needs more time to chart out the legal strategy.

    10:57 (IST)27 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan news: Raj Bhawan returns file to government

    The Raj Bhawan has returned the files related to the convening of the Assembly Session, to Parliamentary Affairs Department of the state, news agency ANI reported citing sources. Raj Bhawan also seeks some additional details from the state government. No decision has been taken yet on the Assembly Session.

    10:45 (IST)27 Jul 2020
    Either HC should decide or Governor should intervene: BJP on BSP's whip to its MLAs

    Satish Poonia, Rajasthan BJP chief said a constitutional & legal situation has risen. "Either the High Court should decide or the Governor should intervene in the matter," he said on BSP's whip to all its 6 MLAs to vote against Congress in the event of a floor test.

    10:31 (IST)27 Jul 2020
    Ashok Gehlot sends another note to Governor for session on July 31

    The Ashok Gehlot government has sent a fresh recommendation to Governor Kalraj Mishra asking for a session of the Rajasthan Assembly on July 31. The Governor had returned an earlier recommendation, asking for clarifications on six specific points. The fresh recommendation was sent late on Saturday night.

    10:20 (IST)27 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan political crisis: Omar Abdullah's jibe at Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

    Taking a jibe at Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, former J&K CM Omar Abdullah said he disagreed with Vadra's argument about toppling an elected government during a pandemic. He argued that it was reprehensible to topple such a government at any possible time. "I don't get the whole during a pandemic argument. As though somehow toppling an elected government would be less reprehensible if we weren't battling a health crisis. IMHO it's wrong regardless of COVID," he tweeted.

    10:08 (IST)27 Jul 2020
    Congress slams Governor for not convening special Assembly session

    The ruling Congress in Rajasthan has accused Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra of resorting to the “worst kind of obstruction of democracy” by raising “superficial and motivated” queries on Ashok Gehlot government’s demand for convening a session of the state assembly.

    09:49 (IST)27 Jul 2020
    'Democracy in danger': Ashok Gehlot blasts BJP

    Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot claimed that democracy is in danger and the entire country is worried by the way elected governments are being toppled. Targeting the BJP, he said, “The coronavirus crisis is not over. Instead, it is aggravating. You have started moving towards Rajasthan after Madhya Pradesh. What is happening? The whole country is worried and I am hopeful that they will understand this.”

    09:34 (IST)27 Jul 2020
    Hearing in HC on BJP MLA's plea against BSP's meger with Congress

    A BJP MLA had on Friday filed a petition in the Rajasthan High Court for quashing the merger of six BSP MLAs with the Congress. The matter will be heard by the High Court on Monday. A total of six BSP MLAs in Rajasthan had merged with the Congress last year.

    09:21 (IST)27 Jul 2020
    Rajasthan: BSP issues whip to 6 MLAs to vote against Congress

    The BSP on Sunday issued a whip to the six MLAs, who had left the party to join the Congress last year, to vote against the ruling party in the state in case of a trust motion in the Assembly. All six MLAs have been issued separate notices.

    09:19 (IST)27 Jul 2020
    Supreme Court hearing on Speaker's plea today

    The Supreme Court will hear Rajasthan Speaker CP Joshi’s appeal against the High Court order staying the disqualification proceedings against 19 Congress MLAs led by Sachin Pilot. The matter will be heard by a bench comprising three judges.

    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 two weeks.
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