Rajasthan Headed For Constitutional Crisis: BJP After Meeting Governor

.Rajasthan Headed For Constitutional Crisis: BJP After Meeting Governor

The Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan, which has demanded an Assembly session on Monday to prove its majority amid open revolt by sacked Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, is heading for a "constitutional crisis", the BJP claimed on Saturday evening, minutes after a 12-member delegation met Governor Kalraj Mishra, ostensibly to discuss the coronavirus crisis in the state.

Addressing reporters after the meeting, Rajasthan BJP chief Satish Poonia and other BJP leaders hit out at Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and the Congress, accusing them of theatrics and preventing the Governor from carrying out his constitutional duty.

"There is a procedure to be followed for calling an Assembly session but the Raj Bhavan was made a theatre for a sit-in. Is that proper? They are violating the Epidemic Act," Mr Poonia, who led the delegation, said, adding, "We have asked the Governor that focus should be on coronavirus. It is out of control in Rajasthan".

This is no way to demand an Assembly session. You cannot gherao (picket) the Raj Bhavan. You cannot give dharnas (protests) and demand an Assembly session," Gulab Chand Kataria, the Leader of the Opposition, said.

"The cabinet has the right to ask for an Assembly session but you have to give reasons for it. The Congress is not giving any reasons for calling the Assembly," Mr Kataria added, repeating his call for CRPF protection for the Governor.

Rajendra Singh Rathore, who is the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in Rajasthan, said: "This government is headed for a constitutional crisis".

Artical - Akash Yadav

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