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Rajasthan HC asks Speaker not to act on disqualification notices against Pilot, rebel MLAs till July 21

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In an interim relief for former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and 18 other rebel MLAs of the Congress, the Rajasthan High Court has asked Speaker CP Joshi not to act upon the disqualification notices served to them till Tuesday.

The court, which was hearing Pilot’s challenge to the disqualification notice, will resume hearing in the case on Monday.

The interim order of the high court came minutes before the deadline set by Speaker CP Joshi’s office for responding to the notice was to expire.

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Sachin Pilot’s group had on Thursday challenged the disqualification notice under the anti-defection law, contending that they hadn’t done or said anything that would indicate that they were parting ways from the Congress.

In their writ petition, the legislators argued that they had neither given up their membership of the House nor did their failure to attend the two Congress legislature party meetings make them liable from disqualification on the grounds of defection.

The Sachin Pilot camp termed the notices under the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution a way to stifle their “freedom of speech” and to impose the “majoritarian views of the party on them”.

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Forty-two-year-old Pilot, credited with leading the Congress’ successful 2018 assembly election campaign, has categorically ruled out joining the BJP, asserting that attempts to link him to the opposition party were a ploy to tar his image.

If the rebel MLAs are disqualified, the majority mark in the 200-member assembly will come down, making it easier for chief minister Ashok Gehlot to win a floor test.

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