Gehlot plans ‘show of strength’ at Guv’s house; BJP says it’s political stunt

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot will meet Governor Kalraj Mishra on Friday (July 24) along with his supporting MLAs to display the majority he enjoys in the House. The state BJP has dismissed this as a political stunt to garner sympathy of the public. BJP state president said the ideal place to show strength is not governor’s house but the floor of the House.

While meeting the Governor on Thursday, he requested him to convene the Assembly session. However, there was no reply from the Governor’s House till the filing of the report.

Gehlot came up with the plan to meet the Governor soon after the High Court on Friday ordered a status quo with regard to the July 14 disqualification notices served by Speaker CP Joshi to 19 rebel MLAs, including Sachin Pilot, who was sacked as Deputy Chief Minister and PCC chief. The High Court also accepted a plea to make the Centre a party to the case.

Since the court has said that the rebels cannot be disqualified, for now, the Gehlot camp planned to take his supporters to the Governor’s house. Gehlot will visit the Raj Bhavan alone first, and thereafter, the MLAs will visit the Governor’s residence amid tight security.

“This is a propaganda to garner sympathy. The CM, as per the Constitution, needs to show his strength on the Assembly floor,” said state BJP chief Satish Poonia.