File photo of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Governor Kalraj Mishra
Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot got a go-ahead from Governor Kalraj Mishra to hold a special session of the Assembly albeit subject to response to the issues he raised about the feasibility of holding the session in a pandemic environment. The Governor pointed out in his statement that the Chief Minister should take into account the difficulties that will beset the MLAs to attend an assembly session with such short notice.
He advised that the Congress MLAs could be given a fair three-week notice so that the trouble precipitated by the Corona pandemic does not hinder them from attending the assembly session. In addition, the Governor also wanted to know how Chief Minister Gehlot proposes to maintain social distancing through the course of the Assembly session. He also reiterated his stand that barring the issues of safety and feasibility he had no intention of stalling the convening of an assembly session.
It became clear that while the Governor has granted the go-ahead to the beleaguered Congress Legislative Party (CLP) for conducting its floor test, he has also raised valid concerns about safety and convenience of the MLAs.
In a related development that took place in the national capital, New Delhi, the Supreme Court permitted the Rajasthan Speaker CP Joshi to withdraw the petition he had filed against the rebel-camp of MLAs led by Sachin Pilot. Earlier in the previous week, the apex court refused to intervene in the Rajasthan High Court’s order mandating status quo on the plea against the Speaker’s disqualification notice.
– globalbihari bureau