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January 19, 2021

Raj Guv: May convene assembly at short notice for floor test

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Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra indicated Monday that an assembly session can be called at a short notice if the state government says the agenda is to hold a floor test to prove its majority.


IMAGE: Governor Kalraj Mishra interacts with the Congress MLAs at Raj Bhawan last week. Photograph: PTI Photo

The suggestion figures in a note sent by Mishra while returning — for a second time — Ashok Gehlot Cabinet’s recommendation to call a session.

The Governor asked the state government to draft a fresh proposal, addressing three points.

His note said a session can be called if the government agrees to give a 21-day notice.

But it also made clear that the notice can be shorter if the agenda of the sitting is to hold a floor test, which the Congress has indicated that it wants but has not specified in its proposal.

Mishra’s second point is that the state government should undertake to broadcast live the proceedings of a floor test, if it takes place.

It should also ensure precautions during the proposed Vidhan Sabha sitting against the spread of coronavirus, his note said.

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