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Rajasthan Political Crisis LIVE Updates: Gehlot's Hotel Meet with MLAs at 9:30pm, May Chalk Out Plan for Assembly Session

Rajasthan Political Crisis LIVE Updates Chief minister Ashok Gehlot described his former deputy Sachin Pilot as a 'nikamma' (worthless) person, 'nakara' (doing nothing), but said he raised no question over it in the party's interest.

News18.com | July 20, 2020, 23:01 IST
Rajasthan Political Crisis LIVE Updates Chief minister Ashok Gehlot described his former deputy Sachin Pilot as a 'nikamma' (worthless) person, 'nakara' (doing nothing), but said he raised no question over it in the party's interest. Gehlot said he "used to talk about conspiracy to topple his government but nobody believed that he (Pilot), having an innocent face, good command over English and Hindi and influence over the media across the country, can do this".

"Rajasthan is the only state where no demand was raised to change the PCC president in seven years. We knew that nothing is happening here. We knew he is 'nikamma' (worthless) and 'nakara' (idle), still we did not question this in the interest of the party," Gehlot told reporters.
Jul 20, 2020 23:01 (IST)

Our Fight to Save Cong Leadership: Pilot Camp MLA | An MLA From Sacin Pilot's camp said the legislators supporting the former Rajasthan deputy chief minister will not join the BJP and their fight was to "save the party" by effecting a leadership change in the Rajasthan government. Mukesh Bhakar, MLA from Ladnun, Nagaur, who was dropped as the state youth Congress chief last week, also appealed to the party high command that in order to save the Congress, they must act now and change the state leadership.

Jul 20, 2020 21:50 (IST)

Rajasthan ACB Asks Dissident Cong MLAs to Appear within 3 Days | The Rajasthan Anti-Corruption Bureau on Monday issued notices to dissident Congress MLAs Bhanwarlal Sharma and Vishvendra Singh to appear before it within three days for investigation into an alleged plot to topple the state government. The ACB had registered an FIR against Bhanwarlal under the Prevention of Corruption Act on July in connection with two audio tapes, which allegedly indicate a plot to bring down the Congress government in the state.

Jul 20, 2020 21:42 (IST)

Raj Govt Withdraws 'General Consent' for CBI Probe | The Rajasthan government has withdrawn its "general consent" to the CBI to conduct raids and investigations, and the agency will now need prior permission from the state, a development which comes amid a political crisis in Rajasthan. The state government issued a notification requiring the CBI to take prior consent of the state government for investigation of an offence under section three of the Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act, 1946.

Jul 20, 2020 20:35 (IST)

A government notification makes it clear that CBI can't investigate any issues of Rajasthan without prior permission of the state government. This decision has been taken as the govt was afraid that CBI can investigate audiotape case and other issues, says Rajasthan BJP president Satish Poonia. The notification said that prior consent of Rajasthan govt shall be required to be taken on a case-to-case basis for investigation of any offence or class of offences under section 3 of DSPE Act, 1946 by Delhi Special Police Establishment.

Jul 20, 2020 20:18 (IST)

Gehlot Calls Meeting at 9:30pm | Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is set to hold a meeting of MLAs at 9:30 pm. 

Jul 20, 2020 19:23 (IST)

BJP Seeks Action on Complaint against Cong Leaders | Leader of Opposition in the Rajasthan Assembly Gulab Chand Kataria sought action on a complaint lodged by the BJP against Congress leaders for "damaging" the party's reputation. In a letter to the state DGP, Kataria said BJP spokesperson Laxmikant Bhardwaj on July 17 had complained that Congress leaders Randeep Surjewala and Govind Singh Dotasara were damaging his party's reputation through baseless charges against their leaders and misinterpretation of facts.

Jul 20, 2020 18:35 (IST)

Hearing to Resume at 10:30am Tomorrow | Hearing on a petition filed by Sachin Pilot and 18 other Congress MLAs against disqualification notices issued to them by Assembly Speaker before Jaipur Bench of Rajasthan High Court, to be held at 10:30 am tomorrow.

Jul 20, 2020 18:28 (IST)

Rajasthan SOG Serves Notice on Gajendra Shekhawat | Probing into an alleged plot to topple the state government, the Special Operations Group of the Rajasthan Police has served a notice on Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat under a CrPC section which requires him to appear before the investigation officer when called. Shekhawat had earlier denied that he figured in the audio clip and said he is open to a probe.

Jul 20, 2020 18:21 (IST)

Pilot Denies Bribery Offer | Sachin Pilot has strongly denied allegations by a Congress MLAs that he was offered money by the former Rajasthan deputy chief minister to switch sides to the BJP as part of his attempts to topple the Ashok Gehlot government in the state. Read full article here

Jul 20, 2020 18:07 (IST)

Omar Abdullah withdraws his previous statement condemning the insinuation that Sachin Pilot's actions in Rajasthan are linked his and his father's release:

Jul 20, 2020 17:48 (IST)

Never in the history of India would I ever hear that the head of a party conspired to topple its own government. I have never heard of this till date: Ashok Gehlot

Jul 20, 2020 17:41 (IST)

Call on Supporting Gehlot Govt after Clarity on Floor Test: CPI(M) | The CPI(M) said it will take a decision on supporting the Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot-led government once it becomes clear when the floor test will be held in the Rajasthan assembly. This comes days after Balwan Poonia, one of the two CPI(M) MLAs in the state assembly, pledged his support to Gehlot, who is embroiled in a power struggle with his former deputy Sachin Pilot.

Jul 20, 2020 17:39 (IST)

Omar Abdullah says he is fed up of allegations that Sachin Pilot's actions are linked to his or his father's release from detention.

Jul 20, 2020 17:34 (IST)

Will Take Strict Legal Action against MLA: Pilot | I will be taking appropriate and strictest possible legal action against the MLA Giriraj Singh Malinga who was made to make these accusations. I am sure more such concocted allegations will be thrown at me to cause aspersions on my public image. But I shall be unfettered and remain firm in my beliefs and convictions: Sachin Pilot

Jul 20, 2020 17:31 (IST)

Attempt to Defame, Attack My Credibility: Pilot | I am saddened but not surprised to be at the receiving end of such baseless and vexatious allegations being leveled against me. This is done solely to malign me and to stifle the legitimate concerns that I had raised against the party leadership of the state, as a member and MLA of INC. This attempt further aims at defaming me and attack my credibility. The narrative is being redirected to avoid addressing the main issue: Sachin Pilot

Jul 20, 2020 17:12 (IST)

Hearing Resumes | Hearing resumes in Rajasthan High Court. The Speaker, without hearing the petitioners, has already made up his mind, says Harish Salve. When Speaker appears before the Court and argues vigorously for disqualification, it has to be inferred that he has already made up his mind, he says.

Jul 20, 2020 16:54 (IST)

Sachin Pilot, dissidents decline to file replies to Speaker's notice. They want the High Court to rather decide. Salve turns down the offer by the Speaker to keep his hands off till Wednesday if 19 MLAs agree to file replies to notices by tomorrow

Jul 20, 2020 16:52 (IST)

Effort will be that the hearing is completed today so that court can deliver its order by tomorrow so that it can be clear whether hearing before Speaker will take place or not: Prateek Kasliwal, lawyer of Speaker CP Joshi

Jul 20, 2020 16:42 (IST)

BJP Vice Prez & JP Nadda Discuss Rajasthan Pol Situation | BJP National Vice President Om Mathur met party president JP Nadda at the party headquarters in Delhi today. Among other issues, they also discussed the political situation in Rajasthan: Sources

Jul 20, 2020 16:30 (IST)

Rajasthan HC Hearing | Harish Salve seeks time to argue in rejoinder on Wednesday next week. Abhishek Manu Singhvi asked by bench to get in touch with the Speaker for an extension of time of disqualification notices. Hearing to resume at 5 pm.

Jul 20, 2020 16:22 (IST)

Rajasthan is the only state where no demand was raised to change the PCC president in seven years. We knew that nothing is happening here: Ashok Gehlot

Jul 20, 2020 16:03 (IST)

Plea Pre-matured, Should be Rejected: Singhvi | During the hearing in the Rajasthan High Court on a petition filed by Congress rebel Sachin Pilot and 18 other Congress MLAs against disqualification notices issued to them by the Assembly Speaker, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing on behalf of the Speaker, argued that the petition of the Pilot faction is pre-matured and hence should be dismissed.

Jul 20, 2020 16:00 (IST)

Gehlot Fires Fresh Salvo at Pilot | Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot fired a fresh salvo at his political rival Sachin Pilot alleging that he played a very dirty game and conspired to topple his own government. After terming him 'Nikamma' (useless) and 'Nakara' (purposeless), he ended his speech saying Satyamev Jayate. Speaking to the media, Gehlot said, "There was no lack of respect for Pilot in the party, but he played a very dirty game and conspired to please the BJP."

Jul 20, 2020 15:55 (IST)

Shekhawat Questions Audio Tapes' Authenticity | Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat questioned the authenticity of the audio clips, cited by the Congress to allege his involvement in a purported bid to topple the Rajasthan government, and sought to know its source and how the state police got it. The Rajasthan Police SOG, which is probing the case, had earlier sent a notice to Shekhawat, asking him to give his voice sample and record his statement.

Jul 20, 2020 15:29 (IST)

Our MLAs are staying without any restrictions but the BJP has held its MLAs captive, who are now calling us and crying over phone while explaining their ordeal. Their personal mobile phones have also been snatched. Some of them want to join us, says Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

Jul 20, 2020 15:22 (IST)

WATCH | Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot says the game played by rebel Congress MLA Sachin Pilot is very unfortunate.

Jul 20, 2020 15:14 (IST)

Until Speaker Disqualifies, MLAs Continue to be Members of Cong: Joshi | The petitioners are asking for a declaration that they are members of the Congress party, which cannot be granted. Until the Speaker doesn't disqualify the offending MLAs they continue to be members of the Congress party and hence the party can suspend them, says Mahesh Joshi.

Jul 20, 2020 15:09 (IST)

Rajasthan HC Hearing Update | Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi, representing Assembly Speaker CP Joshi, concludes his argument. Advocate Devadatt Kamat, lobbying for Congress leader Mahesh Joshi, begins his argument.

Jul 20, 2020 15:03 (IST)

Kataria Requests DGP to Register Complaint against Cong Leaders Over False Statements | Leader of the Opposition Gulab Chandra Kataria writes to DGP, requesting him to register an FIR on the complaint of BJP leader Laxmikant Bhardwaj against Congress leaders Mahesh Joshi, Randeep Surjewala and others over a manufactured audio clip and false statements by Congress.

Jul 20, 2020 14:45 (IST)

Some Corporates Are Helping Pilot, Says Gehlot | Some corporates are helping rebel Congress MLA Sachin Pilot, says Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot.

Rajasthan Political Crisis LIVE Updates: Gehlot's Hotel Meet with MLAs at 9:30pm, May Chalk Out Plan for Assembly Session
File photo of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

The plea by now-sacked deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot challenging the disqualification notices against him and 18 other MLAs is “premature” and even after the final decision, the court can only intervene on limited grounds, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who is representing the Rajasthan Speaker has told the high court which is hearing the Pilot camp’s plea. The Pilot camp had on Thursday challenged the disqualification notices under the anti-defection law, citing that they hadn't done or said anything that would indicate that they were parting ways with the Congress. Pilot's team termed the notices under the Tenth Schedule a way to suppress their 'freedom of speech' and to impose the 'majoritarian views of the party on them'.

The petition, filed jointly by Pilot along with 18 other MLAs, has challenged the validity of clause 2(1)(a) of the 10th Schedule of the Constitution of India. This provision and the interpretations given to it by a body of judgments by the Supreme Court have held that indulging in any anti-party activity tantamount to voluntarily giving up the membership of the party. The petition has maintained that this provision cannot be so widely construed that the very same fundamental freedom of speech and expression of a member of the House is jeopardised. Pilot and others said: "Mere expression of dissatisfaction or even disillusionment against the party leadership cannot be treated to be conduct falling within the clause 2(1)(a) of the 10th Schedule of the Constitution of India."

Meanwhile, ahead of the hearing, the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the Rajasthan Police has been hunting for the legislators of the Pilot camp. While it reached the State House in Delhi earlier in the day, by evening the team arrived at Manesar's Best Western Resort near Gurugram.

News agency PTI stated that its sources in the Congress also did not rule out the possibility that an assembly session could be convened, even as party chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala saying it is the prerogative of the state cabinet and the chief minister, and "they will decide appropriately". The Congress is mulling convening a session of the state assembly to checkmate rebel party MLAs, who are led by Sachin Pilot, in voting in favour of the government in the House or face disqualification, sources claimed.

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