Sachin Pilot and other Congress rebels moved the Rajasthan high court on Thursday against the disqualification notice issued by assembly speaker CP Joshi to disqualify them as MLAs. The ruling Congress has sought their disqualification from the assembly for ‘anti-party activities’. The notice issued stated disqualification of the MLAs from assembly under the Tenth Schedule of the constitution of India. TheMLAs wereasked to respond to the speaker’s notice by Friday.
The MLAs deliberately absented themselves from the Congress legislature party meeting held on July 13 and 14.
If the rebel MLAs are disqualified, the majority mark will drop, making it easier for chief minister Ashok Gehlot to win a floor test. The majority mark in the 200-member assembly is 101. Gehlot has accused his former deputy of hobnobbing with the BJP to bring down his government. The BJP, with just 72 MLAs, has been gingerly watching the developments.
Despite Pilot categoricallyruling out joining the BJPamid the power tussle within the Rajasthan unit, the Congress has alleged that he was colluding with the opposition party to topple the state government.
On Tuesday, the Congress sacked Pilot – credited with leading the party’s successful campaign in the 2018 assembly elections – both as deputy chief minister and also from the Pradesh Congress Committee chief posts. His two loyalists were also sacked as ministers.
On another track, the party has been making overtures with Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala calling upo