New Delhi: Attacking Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot for staging a 'dharna' at the Raj Bhawan, Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Saturday (July 25) said in a state where the chief minister himself makes the Governor "feel unsafe", it is futile for people to plead to him for their safety.

Accusing Governor Kalraj Mishra of acting under pressure to not call an assembly session, Gehlot along with several Congress MLAs had staged a sit-in at the Raj Bhawan in Jaipur on Friday (July 24).

They ended their five-hour sit-in after an assurance from the governor that he will go by the constitutional provisions on summoning an assembly session.

"Where the chief minister himself makes the Governor feel unsafe by threatening him, it is futile for the people of Rajasthan, who are reeling under incidents of robbery, violence, rape and murder, to plead to the chief minister for their safety," Shekhawat said.

The Congress has accused Shekhawat of trying to topple the Gehlot government in Rajasthan, a charge the Union Jal Shakti minister has denied.

Congress and Shekhawat have been involved in an intense war of words since then.

A Rajasthan court has also asked the state police to probe a complaint alleging the involvement of Shekhawat in a credit society scam. The Union minister has dismissed the charge as a "political conspiracy".

Meanwhile, the Congress staged demonstrations across Rajasthan on Saturday (July 25) against what it called a BJP "conspiracy to topple" its government and to press for an Assembly session.

Congress party workers gathered in large numbers in Jaipur and district headquarters and raised slogans against the BJP and demanded that the governor convene a session of the Assembly.

The Congress government is pushing for an Assembly session so that chief minister Ashok Gehlot can prove his majority, following a revolt by Sachin Pilot and 18 other MLAs.

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