• Author Name: Kanika Tak
  • Details:  Entrepreneur, Research Associate, M.Sc. Microbiology (Gold Medalist)

On 12th July 2020, Ex- Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Sachin Pilot along with 18 members of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly, flew from Jaipur to Delhi on grounds of unhappiness towards the party headed by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and disputes over different offices between the rival-gang of the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee. Gehlot camp has 95 MLAs. This governmental dilemma resulted in a series of outcome-

Speaker of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly, Dr. C. P. Joshi releases a notice of disqualification and claims the dissolution of membership of the Pilot camp from the assembly.

Sachin Pilot being removed as both Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan and President of Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee (RPCC) and Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasra takes charge as the President of the RPCC.

Sachin Pilot and 18 MLAs move to the Rajasthan High Court challenging the disqualification notice issued by the Speaker. The Speaker of the Rajasthan Assembly Dr. CP Joshi approaches the Supreme Court and files a petition after the Rajasthan HC had reserved its order in the matter, requesting the Speaker of the Assembly to waive his decision on disqualification of the Pilot camp.

Further as a reaction, the Sachin Pilot gang also approached the Supreme Court in a 'caution' petition, stating that no orders should be passed by the Supreme Court on the issue without giving them a chance to be heard.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal appearing for Rajasthan Speaker told the court that Speaker wants to withdraw his plea challenging the High Court jurisdiction to interfere in pending proceedings on disqualification petition against 19 rebel MLAs. The plea was withdrawn.

Adding fuel to the fire, Bahujan Samaj Party moved to Rajasthan High Court challenging the merger of their 6 MLAs in the Indian National Congress under Anti-Defection law and called it unconstitutional. Looking at the current crisis, BSP demands President's rule in Rajasthan. Also, the BJP MLAs and the BSP had asked for disqualification of the 6 MLAs but the court granted them no interim relief.

CM Gehlot lashes out at Sachin Pilot, commenting ''We knew that he was useless and ineffective, yet we respected him" on which Pilot reacted that all such baseless allegations were done solely to malign his image and he is not leaving Congress Party. 

In the present time of pandemic, when people are suffering and the Disaster Management Act is in force, ministers and MLAs are staying in five-star hotels for several days. The chief minister is talking about surrounding the Raj Bhawan and stating that he'll not be responsible for a 'breach in law and order situation' is quite surprising. BJP leader Gulab Chand Kataria reacted that Gehlot should tender resignation for using such language.

There have been remarks where Congress claims to 'save democracy' and protesting against BJP that they are conspiring against Congress MLAs and raised the horse-trading issue but BJP always denied it stating that the entire crisis is an internal matter of Congress party.

Amidst this a conflict between Governor of Rajasthan Kalraj Mishra & Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, on the issue for commencing the session of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly. The Government of Rajasthan is keen to call the session to prove its majority but the Governor states that at least a 21 days notice is given before the commencement of the session. As a reaction, the Government puts allegations on the governor that he is influenced by the centre and probably a pressure from above, hence not convening the Assembly session.

Following these sequence of events, finally the deadlock has ended up with the permission for calling the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly session on 14th August 2020. We hope to get a clearer picture then and a relief to the 8 crore people of Rajasthan from this wave of allegations, political turbulence and conflicts. But eventually, how the actual situation will turn up; will there be a President rule or a stable functioning state government, can be only answered by CM Gehlot or Pilot camp or the MLAs who are Gehlot supporters!