Rajasthan Political Crisis: Relief for Sachin Pilot, rebel MLAs for now as HC defers matter till July 24

The Rajasthan High Court on Tuesday said that it will pronounce its verdict on July 24 on a petition filed by Sachin Pilot and his team of rebels, challenging the disqualification notices issued to them by the state assembly speaker.

After hearing the matter, the court reserved its decision till July 24. The court has also urged the speaker not to take any action against the MLAs till then.

The dissident MLAs have challenged the Speaker’s notices in court saying the notices under anti-defection law were not maintainable as voicing dissent does not amount to defection.

Amid the tussle between Sachin Pilot and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, the Congress had sacked Pilot as the Rajasthan deputy chief minister and the president of the state Congress unit.

The decision was taken after Pilot along with his MLAs skipped the Congress Legislature Party meetings.

After today’s hearing, both the Gehlot and the Pilot faction have got three more days to prepare themselves. It remains to be seen whether any compromise could be reached between the two groups.

However, Gehlot on Monday called Pilot nikamma (useless) and nakaara (good for nothing).