Disqualification notices sent to Sachin Pilot Camp for not attending CLP meet
Acting on the complaint of the Rajasthan Chief Whip Mahesh Joshi, the Assembly speaker has issued notices to the Pilot camp seeking their responses by July 17. The action has been sought under the anti-defection law for failing to attend the Congress Legislature Party meeting held on Monday and Tuesday.
The Congress party has played its final card against the Sachin Pilot camp in Rajasthan. Its chief whip, Mahesh Joshi, has initiated the process of disqualification of legislators from the Pilot camp under the anti-defection law.
The Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha has issued notices to the Congress rebel MLAs seeking their response on Joshi’s application. The rebel legislators have been asked to submit their responses by July 17.
The Rajasthan Assembly Speaker C P Joshi will take the final call on the responses submitted by the former deputy CM Pilot and other MLAs who did not attend the Congress Legislature Party meeting held on Monday and Tuesday. A total of 19 party MLAs, including Pilot, were absent from the CLP meetings.
One such notice issued to Vallabnagar MLA Gajendra Singh Shaktawat has sought a response, failing which action will be initiated under Article 191 of the Constitution (disqualification of membership) and the Rajasthan Assembly anti-defection law.
“The notices of disqualification will be issued to all such MLAs, including Sachin Pilot, who were absent from the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting through the Speaker of the legislative assembly,” AICC general secretary Avinash Pande had said earlier on Wednesday.
If the replies by the MLAs are not found to be justified, it is up to the Speaker to decide to take action, Pande said.
On Tuesday, the Congress cracked down on Sachin Pilot, stripping the dissident leader of the posts of Rajasthan's deputy chief minister and the party’s state unit president. It also sacked two Pilot loyalists –Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena – from the state Cabinet.
In the war between CM Ashok Gehlot and Pilot, the Gehlot camp emerged victorious. Despite Pilot claiming to have the support of nearly 17 MLAs, including independents, Gehlot has the numbers to prove his majority in the House. With the disqualification notices issued, the legislators from the Pilot camp run the risk of losing their membership if they don’t toe the party’s line.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Pilot maintained that he is “not joining the BJP.”