The Secretary of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly told the Rajasthan High Court on Monday that 81 MLAs, who had submitted their resignation letters to state Assembly Speaker CP Joshi during the political crisis in September last year, have taken them back.
The Rajasthan High Court was informed in response to a writ petition that the resignations tendered to the Speaker of the Assembly on September 25 were not voluntary and have been withdrawn.
81 MLAs of the ruling Congress in Rajasthan had submitted their resignations to the Assembly Speaker on September 25 last year for dissolving the Congress Legislature Party meeting called to determine Ashok Gehlot's successor as chief minister.
At that time, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot was considered ahead in the race for the post of National President of Congress.
The reply said, "The MLAs have voluntarily withdrawn their resignation as per Rule 173(4) of the Procedure and Conduct of Business of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly, in such a situation the resignation of the MLAs has become non-permanent in the eyes of law." Rajendra Rathore, Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly, filed a petition in the High Court seeking a direction to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly to take a decision on the resignations, due to which they (resignations) were withdrawn after some time. .
The reply said the resignations were submitted by six MLAs - Chief Whip Mahesh Joshi, Deputy Whip Mahendra Chaudhary, Independent MLA Sanyam Lodha, Ministers Shanti Dhariwal, Ram Lal Jat and Rafiq Khan. Handed over, five of which were photocopies (copies).
The reply also said that as per the Rules of Conduct of Business in the Legislative Assembly, resignations cannot be accepted unless they are found to be 'genuine and voluntary'.
The next hearing in the case will be on February 13. Petitioner Rajendra Rathore, who presented the argument, said, "A sensational thing has come to the fore in the 90-page reply.
The MLAs have not resigned of their own free will.
It means it was done under pressure.
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