Rajasthan: Gehlot cabinet passes resolution to constitute legislative council in state

Congress government in Rajasthan is in favour to constitute a legislative council in the state and has decided to convey the government's opinion to the Centre for the creation of the same as per the provision of the constitution. It is being considered as a new political move to control the ongoing turmoil in Rajasthan Congress.

"The law and justice ministry has sought the opinion of the state government on the suggestions of the parliamentary standing committee regarding the creation of the legislative council. The council of ministers has decided to send its opinion to constitute it as per the provision of the constitution", read the official release of the government.

It is to note that the state assembly had passed a resolution to constitute the legislative council in 2012 and sent the same to the central government. A parliamentary standing committee was constituted to examine the proposal and it had recommended in favour of the creation of a legislative council.

Sources in the party said that with this decision CM Ashok Gehlot has tried to give a message that he is trying to accommodate everyone as the creation of the second chamber of the assembly will not only increase the births in the cabinet but more workers could be incorporated.

Although the process of creation of legislative council suggests that it is not an easy task as it needs the consent of both the houses of the parliament, so at the same time the Congress is trying to put the onus on BJP to clear this resolution.

State Congress President Govind Singh Dotasara said that we appeal to the BJP leaders to clear the resolution from the central government as early as possible as they are ruling party at the Centre.

While the party in opposition in Rajasthan, BJP, is terming this decision a political gimmick. "CM Ashok Gehlot knows it very well that getting consent to constitute legislate council is not easy. Proposals of many other states are pending regarding this at the centre for many years, so it is nothing more than a political gimmick that has been tried to pacify the dissidents in the party but it will not help him", said Gulab Chand Kataria, the Leader of Opposition in the state.

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