JAIPUR: Declaring that “Raj Bhavan has no intention to not call the (assembly) session”,
on Monday directed the
to submit a fresh request based on his “three-point advice” that includes a “clear notice of 21 days” to convene the House unless the government spells out that it wants to seek a trust vote.
“Going by its statements in print and electronic media, it appears the state government wants to call the assembly session to bring a confidence motion, but there is no mention of it in the proposal it has sent. If the state government wants to seek a confidence vote, then it can become a reasonable basis for calling the session at short notice,” the governor’s office said.
Sources said the Gehlot government’s fresh proposal could be for a session at seven days’ notice, albeit once again without committing itself to a trust vote.
Mishra’s rider for a session “at short notice” comes two days after the Gehlot government put in a “revised” cabinet proposal to convene the House to discuss the ongoing pandemic, take stock of the state’s finances and pass some bills.
Besides giving a 21-day notice, the “points” that the cabinet now needs to comply with include video-recording and live telecast of the House proceedings if the government chooses to go for a trust vote. The vote of confidence should be in yes-or-no format only, the governor’s directive states. The government must also commit in writing that social distancing norms will be adhered to during the session.
On CM Gehlot’s insistence on a special assembly session this week itself, the governor suggested that explicitly stating its intention to seek a trust vote would be a valid ground to convene the House at short notice.
AICC general secretary in-charge of Rajasthan,
, said, “In the past 70 years, it has never happened that a majority government seeking an assembly session was denied this constitutional right. The governor is creating different hurdles for not calling the assembly session. A new tradition of denying constitutional rights is being set.”
New PCC chief and minister Govind Singh Dotasra said, “This will be the 5th session of the present state assembly. The four sessions held earlier were convened by the same governor at notices of less than 10 days. The 21-day notice period was not followed in any of those instances. So, why is the governor insisting on this condition now? Everyone understands why.”
Accusing the governor of “behaving like a political party”, Dotasra said, “He is resorting to unconstitutional methods.”
The Gehlot government had submitted its first formal request for an assembly session to
last Thursday, at which the governor posed six questions and asked for a revised cabinet proposal. Gehlot submitted a second request on Saturday for an assembly session from July 31. In between, he accused Mishra of stonewalling
and said the governme