New Delhi : The Congress on Tuesday night issued show cause notices to three Ashok Gehlot loyalists – Rajasthan ministers Shanti Dhariwal and Mahesh Joshi , for their and Dharmender Rathore ” grave indiscipline ” and asked them to ex plain within 10 days why action should not be initiated against them .
The action came two days after 82 MLAs participated in a parallel meeting at Dhariwal’s residence in Jaipur laying down conditions to the party and did not attend the official legislature party meeting convened for passing a resolution authorising the Congress chief to appoint a successor to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot , who was to contest the Congress presidential election .
The party’s disciplinary committee sent the notices after Congress observers Mallikarjun Kharge and Ajay Makensubmitted their written report to party chief Sonia Gandhi charging the three state leaders with ” gross indiscipline ” .
The panel’s member secretary Tariq Anwar in the notice to Dhariwal , Joshi and Rathore , referred to Maken’s report .
” Prima facie , the above charges are an act of grave indiscipline . Therefore , this show cause notice is being issued seeking your reply within 10 days as to why disciplinary action not be taken against you as per the provisions of the constitution of the Indian National Congress , ” the notice to all three leaders said .
Anwar in his notice to Dhariwal said that the observers ‘ report has submitted that as parliamentary affairs minister he sits on the dais and is a prominent speak er at all CLP meetings in Rajasthan .