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Rajasthan: Congress, BJP Face-Off Over Assembly Session

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By: Parul Kulshreshta | JAIPUR
Updated: September 19, 2022 16:17
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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs staged a sit-in protest in the chambers of assembly speaker CP Joshi against the non-prorogation of the assembly session. Following the protest, the assembly was adjourned till Tuesday.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has targeted the BJP over this, saying that the BJP MLAs should go to Delhi and stage a dharna.

“The reason for the non-prorogation of the assembly session is the BJP. They have made a model of horse-trading in the country. Elected governments are brought down through horse trading in the country. They did the same in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and now they are eyeing Jharkhand,” CM Gehlot said.

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BJP MLAs chanted slogans in the office of CP Joshi against the government and refused to take part in the assembly session.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said that the last time an assembly session wasn’t called by the Rajasthan governor despite repeated requests.

“Never in history has it happened that a governor of any state will not call an assembly session. Many times the governor has ordered the state government to prove their majority in the house, and when we urged the governor to call the session, our requests were not accepted,” Gehlot said.

“Not proroguing the session is a loss for us because we are not able to put new bills in the assembly. But we couldn’t do it because of the tactics of the opposition,” said Gehlot.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said his government is sensitive about cows that are affected by the Lumpy virus. He said that the raising of the lumpy virus issue in the assembly by the BJP MLAs was just for show.

“We are having meetings to find a solution. We are continuously demanding the central government declare lumpy disease as a national disaster, but the central government hasn’t made any decision regarding this. BJP MLAs should support our stance on this, instead of playing politics in this regard,” said Gehlot.

While interacting with the media, Congress MLA Mahesh Joshi said that BJP MLAs should talk about development issues in the state and not do cheap politics to divert attention from important matters. He said that the government is trying their best to sort out the issue of the lumpy virus, but the BJP doesn’t have enough issues to question the government, hence they are taking up such tactics.

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