Party intrigued by your actions, don't make public tamasha: Kapil Sibal tells Sachin Pilot
New Delhi/IBNS: Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Friday told former Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, who turned rebel against the Ashok Gehlot government in the desert state, that he cannot become a CM with the support of just 20-25 MLAs.
"I want to ask Sachin, do you want to become Chief Minister? Tell us. Why the protest? If you say you are not joining the BJP, then why are you sitting in Haryana? Why didn't you attend Congress meetings?" he said in a virtual press conference.
"The party is intrigued by your actions. You can't make the party a tamasha before the public. I am sure that is not your intention," Sibal said.
Sibal also slammed Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra for not calling an assembly session and ignoring his constitutional responsibility.
"There is today a new definition of democracy and a new way of functioning of governors of states in this country. Governors are supposed to uphold the Constitution and the laws, but governors in this country are acting at the behest of the Union government," he said.
This comes on a day when Rajasthan MLAs, supporting Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, sat on a protest inside the Raj Bhawan premises in the desert state, demanding an Assembly Session urgently, so that Gehlot can prove the majority at the Floor of the House.
The MLAs were accompanied by the Chief Minister to the Raj Bhawan from Fairmount Hotel, where they have been staying, since weeks.
In pictures that emerged on social media, the MLAs can be seen sitting in the lawn of Governor Kalraj Mishra's office and wearing masks and maintaining social distancing as a precautionary measure against COVID-19.
Earlier in the day, the Rajasthan High Court asked Assembly Speaker CP Joshi to maintain status quo, an order which will not need 19 rebel Congress MLAs including Sachin Pilot to reply to the disqualification notices served to them, media reports said.
The Speaker cannot take any action against the Sachin Pilot camp for now.
The decision came after the rebel MLAs on Friday urged the court to allow them to make the central government party to the case.
Taking a dig at the same, Sibal said: "I didn't want to say this but it seems like the hight courts nowadays corner the Supreme Courts decision too."
The Congress government in Rajasthan plunged into a political crisis more than a week ago following a rebellion by then deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and his loyalists.
The rebellion has pushed the Congress-led Rajasthan government to the brink of collapse as Pilot claimed he had the support of 30 MLAs who would resign along with him.
After Pilot skipped two consecutive meetings of MLAs chaired by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, the 42-year old leader was sacked as the Deputy CM and the party's state president.
Gehlot has claimed the support of 109 lawmakers including 107 from his own party and two from a regional outfit.
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