Gehlot v Pilot: Rajasthan Speaker withdraws petition from Supreme Court
New Delhi/IBNS: In an interesting turn of events, Rajasthan Speaker CP Joshi on Monday withdrew his own petition filed against the high court order which had stayed the disqualification of 19 rebel Congress MLAs, media reports said.
The top court has allowed the Speaker to withdraw the petition.
Speaker Joshi's advocate Kapil Sibal, a Congress leader, has stated he needs more time to make a legal strategy.
The disqualification notices were served to Congress heavyweight Sachin Pilot and his 18 loyalists for skipping party's meetings.
Last week, the top court had put a stay on the disqualification of the rebel lawmakers till Monday.
The Rajasthan High Court, which was initially hearing the pleas of the rebel MLAs who have challenged the Speaker's notices, on Saturday ordered Joshi to maintain status quo, meaning the 19 lawmakers can't be disqualified for now.
Joshi was the one who had moved the Supreme Court earlier, seeking a stay on the legal proceedings in the high court.
The Congress plunged into a political crisis, which is deepening with every passing day, more than a couple of weeks ago when Pilot went to Delhi revolting against Gehlot, after being allegedly sidelined in his own party.
Pilot was sacked as the Deputy Chief Minister and party's state unit chief after he had skipped two meetings of MLAs chaired by CM Ashok Gehlot.
Meanwhile, Gehlot, who claims to have the strength in the assembly, has urged Governor Kalraj Mishra to open the assembly to which the latter disapproved.
After Mishra had asked the reasons for holding an assembly session, Gehlot said he wanted a discussion over Novel Coronavirus to take place.