Rajasthan Political Crisis LIVE Updates: There seems to be no end in sight for the slugfest in Rajasthan after Governor Kalraj Mishra today returned with queries the proposal of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot for the assembly session from Friday. This was a revised proposal sent to the Governor but it also did not cut ice with him. The Congress has accused the governor of acting under pressure from the BJP to stall a test of strength in the assembly. The Supreme Court is all set to hear at 11am today a petition filed by Rajasthan Speaker CP Joshi against the rebel MLAs led by now-sacked deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot who engineered a revolt against the Gehlot government. The court on Thursday had refused to restrain the Rajasthan High Court from passing an order on the plea of the rebel MLAs challenging the disqualification notice against them and said it would be subject to the outcome of petition before the apex court.
Observing that the “voice of dissent” in a democracy cannot be shut down, the Supreme Court had refused to accept the request of Rajasthan Assembly Speaker CP Joshi to either stay the matter pending before the high court or transfer it to the apex court. The Speaker had tried to have the High Court verdict blocked in the Supreme Court, but the apex court had refused to intervene, saying it would take up the case again on Monday. However, the High Court ruling will be subject to the final order of the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, in more trouble for the Congress, which is struggling to put its house in order in Rajasthan, Mayawati’s BSP has issued a whip to six of its MLAs directing them to vote against Congress in case there was a no-confidence motion.