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Rajasthan political crisis: HC to resume hearing petition filed by Sachin Pilot at 10 am

Sachin Pilot and other rebel MLAs have filed a petition in the Rajasthan high court challenging the disqualification notices sent to them for defying party whip

Rajasthan political crisis: HC to resume hearing petition filed by Sachin Pilot at 10 am
Jaipur, First Published Jul 20, 2020, 9:20 AM IST
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Jaipur: The hearing on a writ petition filed by Sachin Pilot and 18 other dissident Congress MLAs from Rajasthan, challenging the disqualification notices issued to them by the state assembly speaker, will resume in the high court here at 10am on Monday.

The petition was taken up by a bench of Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Prakash Gupta on Friday and arguments were heard.

The proceedings will resume at 10 am on Monday.

The notices to the MLAs were served after the party complained to the speaker that the lawmakers had defied a whip to attend two Congress Legislature Party meetings last week on Monday and Tuesday.

The Pilot camp, however, argues that a party whip applies only when the assembly is in session.

In its complaint to the speaker, the Congress had sought action against Pilot and the other dissidents under paragraph 2(1)(a) of the 10th Schedule of the Constitution.

The provision disqualifies MLAs if they "voluntarily" give up the membership of the party that they represent in the House.

Pilot was sacked as the Rajasthan deputy chief minister and the president of the state Congress unit after he rebelled against chief minister Ashok Gehlot.

Meanwhile, at a time when the Congress has miserably failed to keep its house in order, its senior leader Digvijay Singh has blamed BJP for the Rajasthan political impasse and urged rebel Sachin Pilot to stay with the Congress.

Sources say that Sachin is also in talks with the BJP and has not minced words in asking for the CM’s post.

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