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Gehlot’s fresh proposal to Guv doesn’t mention floor test: Sources

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The Rajasthan Governor has received a revised proposal from the state cabinet led by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot requesting that a session of the assembly be called on July 31, Raj Bhawan sources said on Sunday.


The proposal was received late on Saturday night, they said.

Meanwhile, sources told ANI on Sunday that there is no mention of a floor test in the proposal.

“Rajasthan government’s proposal to the Governor asks to start assembly Session from July 31 and proposes discussion on coronavirus and other bills. No mention of floor test in the proposal,” sources told ANI.

Governor Kalraj Mishra had on Friday sought clarifications on six points from the state government, after Congress MLAs held a five-hour dharna on the lawns of the Raj Bhawan pressing for a Vidhan Sabha session.

The dharna was called off, according to the Congress, after Mishra said he will abide by the Constitution but not act under any pressure.

The Governor asked Gehlot to submit again, with the clarifications, his recommendation for calling a session.

A statement from the Governor included queries on the free movement of MLAs and the reason why the session needed to be called urgently.

After a late night sitting, the Cabinet met again at Gehlot’s home on Saturday, approving the new draft.

The Congress government, which is facing a political crisis after a rebellion by the now sacked deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot and 18 other dissident MLAs, says it wants to hold the session so its majority can be proved.

The Governor had on Friday asked the government why it wanted to call an assembly session to prove its majority if it already has one.

In his note to the state government, Governor Mishra said ‘no one is above Constitutional dignity and no pressure politics should be resorted to’.

He said no date had been mentioned in the Cabinet note, annexed with the government’s request.

The government had also not given any reason for calling the session at such short notice, the governor had said.

— with inputs from ANI

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