Though Ashok Gehlot claims he has the numbers, the party is readying a plan B in case the Rajasthan high court judgement goes in favour of Sachin Pilot.
Jaipur| Amid political chaos in Rajasthan, the division bench of the high court on Monday will resume the hearing of the petition filed by the Sachin Pilot faction against the notice issued by the Speaker. The bench of Chief Justice Inderjit Mahanti and Justice Prakash Gupta is hearing the case. The bench is likely to pronounce its verdict today.
In the earlier hearing, the court had granted protection to Sachin Pilot and 18 other rebel MLAs from disqualification. Following the Rajasthan HC decision, the disqualification proceedings against the rebel MLAs were postponed till July 21 on the basis of mutual consent of senior advocates. The legislators of the Pilot faction have been given time till 5.30 pm on July 21 to answer the notice of the legislators of the pilot group.
My heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all those who have come out in my support today.
राम राम सा !
— Sachin Pilot (@SachinPilot) July 14, 2020
Earlier in the hearing on Friday, on behalf of the Congress MLAs of the Pilot Group, Harish Salve had contended that no activity outside the assembly can be considered a violation of the Anti-defection Act. Sachin Pilot’s counsel, in this case, is Mukul Rohatgi and Abhishek Manu Singhvi is appearing for the Speaker of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly.
These legislators were given notice
Sachin Pilot, Ramesh Meena, Indraj Gurjar, Gajraj Khatana, Rakesh Pareek, Murari Meena, PR Meena, Suresh Modi, Bhanwar Lal Sharma, Vedprakash Solanki, Mukesh Bhakar, Ramnivas Gavadia, Harish Meena, Brijendra Ola, Hemaram Chaudhary, Vishvendra Singh, Amar Singh, Dipendra Singh and Gajendra Shekhawat.
Tight Security in the High Court
During the hearing, the security arrangements will remain in the High Court premises and the courtroom, just like the hearing which took place three days ago. Lawyers not connected to the case have also been excluded. Lawyers coming to the court premises will also be asked for the I-card. Media personnel will also be stopped at the main gate of the court.
राजभवन पहुंचकर राज्यपाल महोदय श्री @KalrajMishra जी से शिष्टाचार भेंट की एवं प्रदेश सरकार द्वारा कोरोना वैश्विक महामारी से बचाव के लिए किये जा रहे प्रयासों के बारे में जानकारी दी। pic.twitter.com/Q0pVQ62Dsq
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) July 18, 2020
Congress’ Plan B
What is the idea behind this move?