Rajasthan HC to pass order on Sachin Pilot camp's pleas challenging disqualification
Jaipur/IBNS: The Rajasthan High Court on Friday will pass a judgement on whether Assembly Speaker CP Joshi can disqualify 19 rebel MLAs of the ruling party Congress.
The verdict is expected to be passed at 10:30 am.
19 rebel MLAs including heavyweight Congress leader Sachin Pilot had moved the high Court, challenging the disqualification notices served to them by Joshi.
However, the high court's order will not be the final word on the case as the Supreme Court, where the Speaker had moved, will hear the case next on Monday.
The Pilot camp cannot be disqualified by the Speaker till Monday irrespective of the high court's decision, the top court ruled.
Speaker Joshi had moved the apex court seeking a stay on the high court hearing, something which was quashed.
The Congress government in Rajasthan plunged into a political crisis almost two weeks ago following a rebellion by former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot and his loyalists.
The rebellion has pushed the Congress-led Rajasthan government to the brink of collapse as Pilot claimed he had the support of 30 MLAs who would resign along with him.
After Pilot skipped two consecutive meetings of MLAs chaired by Gehlot, the 42-year old leader was sacked as the Deputy CM and the party's state president.
Gehlot has claimed the support of 109 lawmakers including 107 from his own party and two from a regional outfit.
Gehlot on Thursday said that the state will have its assembly session soon, claiming he has the majority support of Congress MLAs.
"We will call the assembly session soon. We have a majority. All Congress MLAs are united," Gehlot told reporters.
"Those who have gone to court, those who have strayed, their only point is whether the disqualification notices served to them were justified. It has nothing to do with the anti-defection law," he said.