New Delhi: Congress general secretary Ajay Maken, who is also party’s observer for Rajasthan and observer Mallikarjun Kharge have submitted a report to Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday regarding the political developments in Rajasthan.
According to sources, action has been recommended against the ministers who called a meeting of MLAs at minister Shanti Dhariwal’s house in connection with the indiscipline case. Ajay Maken and observer Mallikarjun Kharge had met Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday after returning from Jaipur. During this time, the Congress President had sought a written report from both the leaders.
According to sources, the report of Congress observers recommended disciplinary action against three leaders, including Congress chief whip in Rajasthan Assembly Mahesh Joshi, for indiscipline. The report by Congress observers points to “gross indiscipline” on the part of Rajasthan MLAs who held parallel meetings.
No direct allegations against Ashok Gehlot
According to sources, the nine-page report does not directly accuse Ashok Gehlot, but recommends action against Gehlot’s close aides. In fact, after the announcement of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot to enter the Congress president election, there was speculation about changing the CM in Rajasthan.
A meeting of the Congress Legislature Party was also convened at the Chief Minister’s residence on Sunday over the issue. The meeting was held with Shanti Dhariwal, a close aide of Gehlot
For this meeting, the Congress had sent Rajasthan in-charge Ajay Maken and observer Mallikarjun Kharge to Jaipur. Even before the legislature party meeting, a meeting of MLAs was held at the house of Shanti Dhariwal, a close aide of Gehlot.
After this meeting, many MLAs supporting Gehlot reached speaker CP Joshi’s residence to resign. The legislature party meeting was cancelled due to this meeting held at minister Shanti Dhariwal’s house. After this, Mallikarjun Kharge and Ajay Maken also returned to Delhi.