Rajasthan political crisis: Dramatic scenes outside ITC hotel in Gurugram as Rajasthan Police SOG denied entry

New Delhi: Friday turned out to be full of drama amid the political turmoil of Rajasthan. A hearing session was held in the High court against the notice of speaker. The speaker will not be taking any action against Sachin Pilot and the 18 lawmakers who were served disqualification notice till July 21.

On the other hand, team of Rajasthan SOG reached ITC Hotel in Manesar to inspect the audio released by Ashok Gehlot’s officer on special duty (OSD). Though, they waited outside the hotel for at least half an hour, still their entry was denied inside the hotel.

Ashok Gehlot’s OSD team released three audio files in the media.  It is claimed that the Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Congress MLAs Bhanwarlal Sharma and Sanjay were involved in some sort of negotiations. Earlier, Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot accused Sachin Pilot and BJP of conspiracy to topple his government. However, Shekhawat and Bhanwarlal accused the Congress of doing petty politics, terming all the accusations fake.

Ashok Gehlot also claimed that he has evidence to drive home his claims. It is believed that Gehlot is simply referring to the audio recordings. Rajasthan SOG team reached Manesar to probe about the alleged audio clips.

Arguments at Rajasthan High Court

Sachin Pilot secured his first victory in the ongoing political crisis of Rajasthan. High court has stopped proceedings of the speaker. A hearing session took place in the High court against the notice of the speaker where everyone put across their points.  Another hearing will take place in the High Court on Monday. No order shall be passed by the speaker till 5 pm on July 21. He also cannot take any action against the rebellious MLA’s. A show cause notice has been issued to 19 MLAs including Sachin Pilot. Abhishek Manu Singhvi appeared on behalf of speaker in the legislative assembly. He stated that it’s convenient to give notice as the MLA’s had violated whip.

Why was the notice issued to 19 MLA?

Congress conducted a meeting of the legislature party for two consecutive days. 19 MLA’s including Sachin Pilot failed to attend the meeting.  Post the incident, on night of July 14, speaker issued notices against 19 MLAs including Sachin Pilot on a petition seeking their disqualification by the Congress. In the notice, the MLAs have been asked to respond by Friday to Congress’ demand for disqualification from the legislative assembly.

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