Congress observers for Rajasthan on Tuesday recommended disciplinary action against three party leaders, including two ministers, for the crisis in the state, but did not seek any action against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
The three Gehlot loyalists against whom action has been recommended are Cabinet Minister Shanti Dhariwal, Minister and Congress Chief Whip in the Assembly Mahesh Joshi, and MLA Dharmendra Rathore.
The observers – Mallikarjun Kharge and Ajay Maken – submitted their report to party chief Sonia Gandhi Tuesday evening, flagging “gross indiscipline” on the part of some leaders who organised a parallel meet of MLAs instead of joining a Congress Legislature Party meeting.
The two observers had to return from Jaipur without holding the CLP meeting as a large group of MLAs considered loyal to Chief Minister Gehlot refused to join it and put forth certain conditions for the selection of Gehlot’s successor.
The sources said the report has not sought any action against Gehlot even as it recommended action against three of his loyalists. However, it has pointed out that the parallel meeting of MLAs was held with Gehlot’s knowledge.
The Congress observers’ report pointed to the “gross indiscipline” on the part of some Rajasthan leaders who organised the parallel meet of MLAs and did not allow the CLP meeting to take place.
The report came a day after the observers briefed Sonia Gandhi on the developments and she had asked them to submit a written report.
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