After CM vs Deputy CM, Raj now sees a CM vs Governor face-off

Ashok Gehlot
Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister and Congress leader Ashok Gehlot addresses a press conference in Jaipur, on May 1, 2019. (Photo: Ravi Shankar Vyas/IANS)

Jaipur, Jul 24 : The ongoing political turmoil in Rajasthan on Friday took a new turn with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot squaring up to take on Governor Kalraj Mishra, who has not responded to the request for summoning a special Assembly session.

Addressing the media, Gehlot said that Mishra holds a constitutional post and hence should take decisions by listening to his own conscience.

“He should not come under anyone’s pressure. Otherwise, if the public comes to gherao the Raj Bhavan, then we will not be responsible,” he said, in uncharacteristically strong words against the Governor.

“We had sent a letter to the Governor on Thursday requesting him to call the Assembly session. We hoped that they would issue orders at night, but have not received any response so far. He is not giving instructions under pressure from top (Central) leaders,” he alleged.

Gehlot also claimed that the people of Rajasthan are restive as there has never been a tradition to see the government getting toppled. “It is sad that the Governor has not yet decided to convene the session of the Assembly,” he added.

The demand for a special session comes as the Gehlot government is considering showing its majority, following the rebellion by a section of party MLAs led by Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, who has been now removed from the post.

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