December 8, 2022

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The show-cause notice to three of Ashok Gehlot’s assistants is causing a rift inside the Rajasthan Congress

Ashok Gehlot suffered a blow after the Congress party sent a show-cause notice to 3 of his supporters for the discipline violation in Rajasthan on September 25.

Ashok Gehlot suffered a blow after the Congress party sent a show-cause notice to 3 of his supporters for the discipline violation in Rajasthan on September 25. This was carried out in accordance with a particular recommendation made by AICC observers Ajay Maken and Mallikarjun Kharge, who on Tuesday gave Congress president Sonia Gandhi their reports. Shanti Dhariwal, the minister for parliamentary affairs in Rajasthan, Dharmendra Rathore, the head of the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC), and Mahesh Joshi, the chief whip for the Congress, were asked to provide an explanation for why disciplinary action shouldn’t be taken against them within ten days.

For instance, Dhaliwal was accused of pressuring MLAs to skip the Congress Legislature Party by organising a parallel meeting at his house. On the other hand, the party said that Rathore was behind the organisation of the MLAs’ unofficial meeting and was responsible for all logistical arrangements. Joshi, a minister in the Ashok Gehlot-led administration, was also charged with “severe indiscipline” for skipping the CLP meeting despite having invited every MLA to do so. The party said that because of his attendance at the informal gathering, the MLAs were uncertain which meeting was formally called.

Political crisis in Rajasthan

Ashok Gehlot, the chief minister of Rajasthan, declared on September 23 that he would run in the next election for the position of Congress president. After taking part in the Bharat Jodo Yatra, he spoke to the media at the Kochi airport and admitted that he had not been able to persuade Rahul Gandhi to run for office. On September 25, at 7 o’clock in the evening, the Congress Legislature Party met. There was widespread anticipation that a new CM will be elected when Sonia Gandhi summoned Mallikarjun Kharge and Ajay Maken to attend the CLP meeting as the observer and AICC Rajasthan in-charge, respectively.

This was in keeping with the “one person, one post” policy that the party’s Chintan Shivir in Udaipur had decided upon. Infighting, however, broke out in Congress as over 90 MLAs from the Ashok Gehlot camp failed to show up at the CLP meeting and instead gave Speaker CP Joshi their letters of resignation. They insisted that Sachin Pilot or any of his followers should not be appointed as the next chief minister and that Gehlot should have a role in the choice. A day earlier, Kharge and Maken gave Congress president Sonia Gandhi a formal report on this topic.

 

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