The Rajasthan political battle seems to have come to a standby mode after Governor, Kalraj Mishra, on Wednesday, July 29, cleared the proposal by Congress party to convene the legislative assembly sessions from August 14. This was after the Congress party sent the fourth proposal to the Governor since July 23, the day when it’s young and dynamic face and the then Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Sachin Pilot, turned rebellious.
The Congress party had earlier proposed the assembly convening date as July 31, which the Governor had sent back asking to give at least 21-day notice to him as per legislatures. “The Rajasthan Governor has approved the cabinet proposal to call the assembly session from August 14,” stated Raj Bhawan spokesperson. The spokesperson further added that as per verbal instructions received from Governor Kalraj Mishra, all the necessary arrangements will be made in view of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has firmly asserted that he will prove his majority in the legislative assembly if a no confidence motion is moved against his government. The senior Congress party leader got relieved after Governor Kalraj Mishra gave his consent for convening Assembly sessions from August 14. The Congress party is taking utmost precautions to prevent toppling of its Government in the state. BJP has termed the battle between Sachin Pilot and Congress party, a matter internal to Congress party and that they have no role to play in it.
Congress Party’s #SpeakUpForDemocracy Campaign
At the time like today’s, when the existence of the Congress party and its role in the democracy has become highly questionable, Congress party launched another campaign to stand as an opposition. Congress party and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), both have completely opposite values of functioning. Congress party is alleged to oppose right wings, BJP has been endorsing saffronisation of the country.
By launching the digital campaign, #SpeakUpForDemocracy on Sunday, July 26, Rahul Gandhi not only accused BJP of ‘ripping up constitution’, ‘demolishing democracy’, and ‘murdering democracy in Rajasthan’ but also urged the people to raise their voice against it.
Taking on to his Twitter, the Congress executive leader wrote, “Let’s unite in #SpeakUpForDemocracy and raise our voice to protect democracy.” With a short video that said, “Today, When the entire nation is fighting against coronavirus, the BJP is ripping up the constitution and demolishing our democracy. In 2018, people of Rajasthan elected the Congress government. Today, BJP is conspiring to topple democratically elected Congress government after doing the same in Madhya Pradesh, BJP is now trying to “murder democracy” in Rajasthan. We demand BJP to stop toppling democratically elected governments. We demand to immediately convene an assembly session within our constitutional rights Join #SpeakUpForDemocracy to raise your voice and protect democracy.”
Two days before the launch of the campaign, Rahul Gandhi had accused the BJP of conspiring to bring down his party’s government in Rajasthan.
Through the day-long digital Campaign, Congress aimed to pressurise the Governor, Kalraj Mishra, to call for an assembly session to enable Rajasthan Chief Minister, Ashok Gehlot, to prove his majority. “We demand that the Governor immediately call a session of the Assembly, so that CM of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot can prove his majority. The only place to test the majority is the floor of the House. The Governor should not hesitate for a moment.” said Congress party veteran leader and former Union Minister, P. Chidambaram.
He also said that during the last year, BJP made shameless attempts to destabilise the democracy in the country and the governments in the states. Because some of the Congress members had paved their way in BJP and had become a part of those attempts, Congress was aware of it.