‘Acts Of Gross Indiscipline’: Congress Issues Notices To 3 Gehlot Loyalists

In the show cause notices to Rajasthan cabinet minister Shanti Dhariwal, party chief whip Mahesh Joshi and Rajasthan Tourism Development Council (RTDC) chairman Dharmendra Rathore, the Congress dubbed their actions as an “act of grave indiscipline”.

NEW DELHI | Updated: 27 September, 2022 11:47 pm IST
Dharmendra Rathore, Mahesh Joshi and Shanti Dhariwal

After appearing to give Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot a clean chit in the succession fiasco, the Congress issued show-cause notices to three of his loyalists on Tuesday.

In the show cause notices to cabinet minister Shanti Dhariwal, party chief whip Mahesh Joshi and Rajasthan Tourism Development Council (RTDC) chairman Dharmendra Rathore, the Congress dubbed their actions as an “act of grave indiscipline”.

The party also sought their replies within 10 days as to why disciplinary action should not be taken against them.

The disciplinary committee of the party sent the show cause notices after Congress observers Mallikarjun Kharge and Ajay Maken submitted their written report to party chief Sonia Gandhi.

The notice by disciplinary committee secretary Tariq Anwar read, “This show cause notice is being issued seeking your reply within 10 days as to why disciplinary action should not be taken against you as per the provisions of the constitution of the Indian National Congress.”

Gehlot, 71, a Gandhi family loyalist, is now being blamed by many Congress leaders for the rebellion of his loyalist MLAs. Maken, according to a source, in his nine-page report gave a clean chit to Gehlot.

The exemption of Gehlot comes amid efforts by party leaders to resolve the situation in the desert state, where the party faces turbulent weather.

Maken was present in Jaipur on Sunday, when the political drama took place. MLAs loyal to Gehlot had called a parallel meeting against the party leadership decision of a Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting to decide on the next Chief Minister.

The MLAs submitted their resignations to Rajasthan Assembly Speaker CP Joshi over a possible move to appoint former deputy Chief minister Sachin Pilot as Gehlot’s successor.

The resignations came shortly before the MLAs were scheduled to attend the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting at 7 pm at Gehlot’s residence.

The Gehlot camp loyalists also defied Sonia Gandhi’s instructions, refusing to have one-on-one meetings with Central leaders, and coming up with a list of three demands.

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