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Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot targets governor Kalraj Mishra

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot has targeted governor Kalraj Mishra over the convening of the Assembly session as the political crisis continues in the state

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot targets governor Kalraj Mishra
Jaipur, First Published Jul 30, 2020, 1:29 PM IST
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Jaipur: Political tussle in Rajasthan continues. Sachin Pilot was sacked as the deputy chief minister and was also removed from the state Congress committee.

Following this, Govind Singh Dostara was appointed as the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief. A ceremony for Dostara’s joining was organised last Wednesday. In the ceremony, chief minister Ashok Gehlot gave a big statement. Gehlot told the MLAs that their one-month deficit will be compensated with interest.

Gehlot further added that the PCC session should be held every year and the PCC should become a platform to fiercely criticise the government, the chief minister and other ministers.

Taking a dig at the Rajasthan governor Kalraj Mishra, Gehlot further said that the whole state is questioning the governor as to why he is not calling the Assembly session. Gehlot said that everyone knows that at whose behest this is happening. 

Gehlot said his soul still wanders in the PCC. He has served the organisation for a long time.

“The Congress should convene once a year in which the government’s shortcomings are heavily criticised. The ministers and the CMs should be criticised. We have lost our habit of listening to the criticisms. When the government and the ministers are criticised in the PCC it sends a right message to the bureaucracy,” he said.

CM Gehlot said to the MLAs that it is his responsibility to compensate for their one-month loss. He said he will compensate for the loss along with interest. Gehlot further clarified that the people of the state have understood who are behind destabilising the government.

Gehlot further added that earlier MLAs used to get calls for work but now they are getting calls to wish for their wins. “Corona pandemic is rapidly increasing. How can the Central government be free? Madhya Pradesh’s government was toppled. Governors are having varied approaches,” he said.

Taking aim at the BJP, Gehlot said that the governor is not agreeing to call for the Assembly Session before 21 days. Sounding confident Gehlot said that his MLAs are warriors and be it 21 days or 31 days, victory will be his.

The governor had sent a six-page letter. He had sent a proposal three times. This has happened for the first time since independence that a governor has questioned the calling of the Assembly Session, he said.

Gehlot said that the CBI and the ED are conducting raids. Questioning the raids, he said that why the raids are being conducted in a selective manner? The chief minister further said that the political game going on today was to be held during the Rajya Sabha elections, but he could tackle the situation with caution.  

The chief minister clarified that fighting the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is his priority. He said he wants to save people and help them. Since the pandemic, pension has been deposited five times and 35 lakh people have been given ex-gratia amount three times, he said.

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