The Rajasthan High Court on Thursday issued notice to Assembly Speaker CP Joshi and six BSP MLAs, who later merged with the Congress. The notices were issued by the Rajasthan High Court during the hearing of a petition filed by the BSP against the merger.
The court has sought a reply from the Speaker and the MLAs by August 11.
Notably, Sandeep Yadav, Wajib Ali, Deepchand Kheria, Lakhan Meena, Jogendra Awana and Rajendra Gudha won the Assembly elections in 2018. In September 2019, the entire group of BSP MLAs joined the Congress. Their merger with the Congress was ratified by the Speaker Joshi after two days of making an application.
BJP MLA Madan Dilawar also challenged the merger
BJP MLA Madan Dilawar complained to the Speaker, saying the merger was in violation of the anti-defection law. He had also filed a petition in the high court, which was disposed as “infructuous”.
Notably, the Speaker had rejected Dilawar’s complaint, amid the ongoing political turmoil in the state.
Dilawar has again filed a petition in the high court against the merger. The BJP MLA has claimed in his petition that his complaint was rejected by the Speaker without giving him any chance of hearing.
The high court had on Monday dismissed a petition of Madan Dilawar against the merger. Dilawar has been trying to get the merger of the BSP MLA into the Congress invalidated. He wants to do it to reduce the numbers that Congress is enjoying in the Assembly.
The merger had boosted the Ashok Gehlot government’s tally to 107 members in a House of 200. The Speaker facilitated the merger on September 19, 2020, and since then the BSP MLAs became a part of the Congress and were acting and attending as Congress MLAs. They have been attending all the Congress Legislature Party meetings and also the meeting of the Congress party.
Dilawar had submitted that as a member of the House, he wrote several times to the Speaker demanding the status of the six BSP MLAs and how and under what rules, the Speaker allowed the merger of the BSP into Congress.
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