Rajasthan assembly speaker C.P. Joshi on Monday withdrew its petition pending in the Supreme Court. The speaker had filed a Special Leave Petition (SLP) against a high court order that directed him to put on hold disqualification proceedings against Sachin Pilot and 18 other dissident Congress MLAs. The plea was heard by a bench of Justices Arun Mishra, B.R. Gavai and Krishna Murari, who refused to stay the high court verdict. A section within the Congress party had pushed for the withdrawal of the petition in the apex court.
At the same time, Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra returned to the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government a cabinet note seeking an assembly session with fresh queries. This is the second time that the governor has sought clarifications from the government. The state cabinet had sent a revised note to the governor last week requesting that a session of the assembly be called on July 31 after he returned the first proposal seeking clarifications on six points.
The Congress had accused the governor 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. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said his party wants a floor test in the state assembly and is “begging” for it. But the governor “was parroting his master’s voice” and not convening the House at the behest of the central government, he alleged.
He also said the fight would take place on the floor of the house, and not in the courtroom.
Singhvi cited Supreme Court judgements and several precedents including those of Rajasthan assembly with regard to the convening of the assembly session to assert that the governor cannot act of his own and can only do so with the advice of the cabinet. “Such superficial, clearly motivated, digressive and extraneous queries establish beyond doubt that they are coming from the highest authorities of the central government and being parroted without change as his master’s voice from Raj Bhawan, Jaipur.”
“We all know who that master is. But, it decimates the lustre and dignity of the governor’s constitutional position,” Singhvi said at a virtual press conference.
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