New Delhi: Supreme Court on Monday allowed Rajasthan Assembly Speaker C P Joshi to withdraw his plea against the State High Court’s order of July 24 asking him to defer disqualification proceedings against former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and 18 other rebel Congress MLAs.
‘We allow you to withdraw your (the petitioner) plea,” a bench of the Apex Court, headed by Justice Arun Mishra said.
Senior advocate and legal expert Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Rajasthan Assembly Speaker, submitted to the Apex Court bench led by Justice Mishra that they were withdrawing petition after Rajasthan High Court order on July 24.
Mr Sibal informed the Apex Court that the Rajasthan High Court had passed a fresh 32-page order on July 24 wherein several questions, including interpretation of the Tenth Schedule, were raised.
“We have to weigh our legal options on what to do next,” Mr Sibal said while withdrawing his petition.
Governor Kalraj Mishra returned a fresh proposal by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday seeking a session of the Assembly on July 31.
Mr Gehlot spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi complaining about the Governor’s “behaviour” and the delay in convening an Assembly session despite repeated requests. Mr Gehlot said he would also petition President Ram Nath Kovind and inform him about the situation in the state.
“I spoke with the Prime Minister yesterday and told him about the behaviour of the Governor. I spoke with him regarding the letter I had written to him seven days back,” Mr Gehlot said.
Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister P Chidambaram rose in support of Mr Gehlot and criticised the Governor for not calling a session of the state Assembly to enable the Congress government to prove their majority in the House.
Mr Chidambaram said at a video press conference that the Governor must immediately summon a session of the Legislative Assembly.
He expressed the hope that President Kovind would intervene and instruct the Governor to convene the Assembly session.
Meanwhile, the Congress has begun holding a nationwide protest in front of every Raj Bhawan under the ‘Speak Up for Democracy’ campaign alleging ‘’biased role’’ of the Rajasthan Raj Bhawan by not allowing the Ashok Gehlot government to call the Assembly session.
In Lucknow, as part of the protest, hundreds of Congress workers were arrested in front of the Uttar Pradesh Raj Bhawan while they were protesting against the ongoing political crisis in Rajasthan. The Congress workers were led by Ajay Kumar Lallu and AICC Gen Secy in-charge of Chhattisgarh P L Punia.
Before the arrest, the Congress activists tried to clash with security personnel but were overpowered and pushed into buses and taken away.
Those arrested included Congress Lucknow city president Mukesh Singh Chauhan.