Mentioning the chief minister’s statement about people surrounding the Raj Bhawan over Mishra not summoning a session of the state assembly, the BJP said it was an attempt to “terrorise” the governor’s office.
Gehlot and several Congress MLAs staged a sit-in at the Raj Bhawan here on Friday to press for an assembly session.
Earlier in the day, Gehlot had claimed that the governor is facing pressure “from above” to stall the assembly from meeting, hinting at the alleged involvement of the BJP government at the Centre in the tussle for power in the state.
Led by party state president Satish Poonia, the 15-member BJP delegation handed over a memorandum to the governor.
It said the sit-in and slogan shouting by Congress MLAs were also attempts to “terrorise constitutional institutions”.
“The drama which happened yesterday in the name of constitutional right was unfortunate. The note which was sent by the government to the governor for calling the assembly session had no agenda,” Leader of Opposition in the Rajasthan Assembly Gulab Chand Kataria told reporters after the meeting.
He said demonstrations held by the Congress on Saturday against the BJP were the ruling party’s way to build pressure on the governor to call an assembly session.
“It is the right of the cabinet to send a note to the governor for calling an assembly session but creating pressure to get it done immediately is the peak of violation of constitutional values,” he added.
The Congress ended its sit-in after five hours after getting an assurance from the governor that he will go by the constitutional provisions on summoning an assembly session.
Kataria also demanded Gehlot’s resignation.
Asked if the BJP had sought President’s rule in the state, he said no such demand was raised.
Deputy Leader of Opposition Rajendra Rathore asked what was the urgency to convene an assembly session at a time when there are nearly 35,000 COVID-19 cases in the state.
“They have created an atmosphere of anarchy in the state,” he said.
He said the BJP did not seek a floor test in the assembly.
The BJP also discussed with the governor the spread of coronavirus in the state, Poonia said.
“We gave the memorandum to the governor and said that there is a need to control the spread of coronavirus,” he said.