The Rajasthan governor must call an assembly session to let the Congress prove its majority, party leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said, alleging that the BJP’s conspiracy to topple the Ashok Gehlot government was now clear. This is the first time that the former Congress chief has spoken on the crisis triggered by an open revolt led by sacked Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, long seen as close to Mr Gandhi.
Following back-to-back setbacks in the Supreme Court and the Rajasthan High Court, the party on Friday opened a new front against the Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra for his role which they say is helping the rebels.
“The country is ruled in accordance with the law and constitution. Governments are formed and run based on people’s mandate. BJP’s conspiracy to topple the Rajasthan government is clear. This is an insult to 8 crore people of Rajasthan. The governor must call assembly session so that the truth comes before the country,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted in Hindi late Friday.
Earlier in the day, Congress MLAs in the Ashok Gehlot camp ended a five-hour dharna at the governor’s residence Raj Bhawan after an assurance from him that he will go by the constitutional provisions on summoning an assembly session, a party leader said.
The governor, however, wanted the state government’s clarification on some points before he makes the announcement, according to a Congress leader.