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Rajasthan government crisis LIVE updates: 21-day notice period needed before holding Assembly session, Guv tells cabinet

Rajasthan government crisis LIVE updates: 21-day notice period needed before holding Assembly session, Guv tells cabinet
Rajasthan crisis Live: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot (R) and his former deputy Sachin Pilot.

Rajasthan Government crisis Live Updates: Stating that he was never against calling an Assembly session, Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra Monday put forward three points for the governor to deliberate upon before any decision on convening a session. He said the government should give a 21-day notice period to the MLAs as it is difficult for them to appear in a short notice during the pandemic. He also mentioned certain conditions which need to be followed if confidence voting is carried out and the government also specify how social distancing could be ensured during the session.

Taking a swipe at Kalraj Mishra, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday said he would respond to the Governor’s “six-page love letter” pertaining to the Assembly session by today evening. The remarks came hours after the Governor rejected the chief minister’s fresh proposal for a session on July 31.

The Governor had in the past returned an earlier recommendation by the government, asking for clarifications on six specific points. “The governor has returned the file to the state government with some queries. The matter is being examined,” government sources told news agency PTI.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court allowed Assembly Speaker C P Joshi to withdraw its petition, challenging the High Court’s refusal to initiate disqualification proceedings against former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot and 18 rebel MLAs.

Meanwhile, three former law ministers wrote to the governor, saying the delay in holding the Assembly session has resulted in an avoidable constitutional crisis. “Having served as Union ministers of Law and Justice in different periods of time and as students of Constitutional law, we are of the clear view that established legal position obliges the Governor to call the assembly session in accordance with the advice of the state cabinet,” senior Congress leaders and former law ministers Ashwani Kumar, Kapil Sibal and Salman Khurshid said.