Speaker sends notice to Pilot, 18 others

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Speaker sends notice to Pilot, 18 others


CM Ashok Gehlot accused Sachin Pilot of horse-trading while speaking to the media in Jaipur. PTI

Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 15

The Congress government in Rajasthan appeared to have successfully weathered the desert storm today as the party moved for disqualification of 19 rebel MLAs, including Sachin Pilot, prompting the sacked Deputy CM to say that he was not joining the BJP.

Speaking for the first time after being divested of his charge as Deputy CM and state Congress president, Pilot today said, “I am not joining the BJP. I have worked hard to defeat the BJP in Rajasthan. This speculation is being fuelled to tarnish my image.”

Pilot’s comments came hours after Congress chief whip in Rajasthan Assembly Mahesh Joshi petitioned Speaker CP Joshi to disqualify 19 dissident MLAs under the anti-defection law and the Speaker issued notices to all of them. The rebels have been asked to respond by Friday.

The Congress, through disqualification of

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