Hours after the Rajasthan High Court provided relief to Sachin Pilot and the 18 rebel MLAs and ordered a “status quo” till Monday, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot met Governor Kalraj Mishra at the Raj Bhavan in Jaipur today. Earlier in the day, Gehlot accused Governor Kalraj Mishra of being under pressure to not call a state assembly session, saying that the state government requested the Mishra to call an assembly session but he has not yet issued the order. “We want an assembly session from Monday. The governor is not giving orders for calling assembly session under pressure,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Rajasthan High Court today provided relief to Sachin Pilot and the 18 rebel MLAs and ordered a “status quo” till Monday, saying that “writ petition is maintainable with respect to Prayer A, B and E” while it rejected prayer C and D as they were not “maintainable”. This comes a day after the Supreme Court allowed the High Court to decide on rebel MLAs’ plea today. The apex court, however, has noted that the High Court’s order will not be implemented till it passes its judgment on the Speaker’s plea which will heard on as day-to-day basis from Monday.
17:31 pm: “We are here at our own will as despite our efforts the Chief Minister didn’t listen to any of our demands related to work in our constituencies,” says MLA Suresh Modi from Sachin Pilot camp
17:30 pm: “We are staying in Delhi. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said we are held hostage by BJP, which is untrue as we were never in touch with them. On the contrary, our families are sacred due to use of SOG by the Chief Minister: MLA Murari Lal Meena, loyal to Sachin Pilot told ANI
6:48 pm: Congress MLAs in Ashok Gehlot camp begin ‘dharna’ at Raj Bhawan, demand summoning of an assembly session: Rajasthan Transport Minister
16:27 pm: Governor should not delay in convening the assembly session, says Congress’ Kapil Sibal
16:19 pm: Sanjay Jain (who was arrested by SOG (Special Operations Group Rajasthan Police) sent to judicial custody till August 5, reports ANI. Sanjay Jain’s voice spectrography test is scheduled for 29th July
15:47 pm: Meanwhile, the Congress has said Kapil Sibal will address a press conference at 4 pm today
15:47 pm: According to India Today, the Governor has told Gehlot that time is required to discuss the issue as the matter is in the Supreme Court.