Cong seeks President’s intervention in Rajasthan’s political crisis

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CLP leader Digambar Kamat, Congress president Girish Chodankar and South Goa MP Francisco Sardinha seen during submission of memorandum to Governor Satya Pal Malik at Raj Bhavan.

Panaji: Alleging that the BJP is trying to topple Ashok Gehlot-led Rajasthan government, the state unit of Congress party, on Thursday, submitted a memorandum to the Governor Satya Pal Malik, addressed to the President of India Ram Nath Kovind seeking his intervention in Rajasthan’s political crisis and urging him to save democracy and the Constitution of India.

“The BJP is using every nefarious means to engineer a shift of loyalty of democratically elected MLAs in Rajasthan, prompting them to resign so as to create a constitutional crisis in the state and to get the democratically elected government toppled,” states the memorandum.

“While the country is reeling under the COVID-19 pandemic with 15,83,792 confirmed cases and an unprecedented death toll of 34,193, the indulgence of a national political party in such undemocratic, unconstitutional activities are not only a shame but also a grave threat to our democracy,” it reads further.

The opposition alleged that Rajasthan Governor is working on the behest of the BJP.

Congress legislature party leader Digambar Kamat, party president Girish Chodankar and South Goa MP Francisco Sardinha personally met the Governor at Raj Bhavan, Dona Paula.

The Congress said that the BJP has already toppled the democratically elected state governments in Manipur, Goa, Karnataka, MP and installed BJP governments through ‘backdoors, preposterously against the wishes and mandate of the people.’

The opposition alleged that “the muscle power, money power and law enforcement agencies have been unconstitutionally employed to threaten and lure the MLAs to resign and join the BJP under duress.”

They urged the President to immediately take cognizance of the “illegal, undemocratic, untoward and unconstitutional actions of the BJP,” under the aegis of the central government, in Rajasthan and

other states.

“We request you to issue necessary instructions to the concerned to desist from destroying our democracy and to safeguard the Constitution of India,” they pleaded. Earlier in the day, Congress leaders along with party workers staged a protest in front of the Raj Bhavan, as a part of the nationwide call given by the party high command for agitation to protect the Constitution and

democracy.