New Delhi/Jaipur: Congress has demanded disqualification of former Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan Sachin Pilot and 18 other MLAs from membership of the Legislative Assembly for being absent from recent legislature party meetings. However, he again said that the doors have not been closed for Pilot and other rebel MLAs.
Rajasthan Assembly Speaker CP Joshi has confirmed that on the complaint of the Congress, notice was sent to 19 MLAs on Wednesday. These MLAs have to reply to the notice by Friday.
Without naming the Congress rebel leader Pilot, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday claimed that he was directly involved in the horse-trading of MLAs with the BJP. He said that he has proof that there has been an attempt to procure. Meanwhile, Congress gave a clear indication that rebel MLAs can return to the party.
Congress general secretary and in-charge of Rajasthan Avinash Pandey tweeted, “The party’s doors are not closed for the pilot, God bless them and they understand their mistake.” My request is that they come out of the elusive trap of BJP. ‘
The party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that if he does not want to go to the BJP, then give up the hospitality of the BJP government in Haryana and return to his home in Jaipur. With this, Pilot has been reminded by the Congress that hardly any leader in Congress or BJP has received such encouragement from the party as the leader.
Pilot said on Wednesday morning that he is not joining the BJP. He also said that some leaders in Rajasthan are giving vent to rumours of his joining BJP so that his image can be tarnished.
Chief Minister Gehlot, for the first time, launched a scathing attack on the pilot without naming him in the midst of political upheaval.
Gehlot told reporters, ‘Who was giving the cleaning. The same leaders were giving clarification who were involved in the conspiracy themselves. Where part of the conspiracy. We have a Deputy Chief Minister here, PCC President if he deals himself. They are clarifying that there was no horse-trading here. Hey, you were involved in the conspiracy yourself. What are you cleaning In such a situation, the country is moving. “He said,” Speaking good English or giving bytes is not everything.”
Meanwhile, the Rajasthan Legislative Secretariat has issued disqualification notices to the 19 MLAs who did not attend the recent meetings of the Congress Legislature Party. Notice was issued to the rebel MLAs based on the complaint made by Dr Mahesh Joshi, the Chief Whip of the Congress.
It is noteworthy that Sachin Pilot and 19 MLAs, who are considered his supporters, did not attend the meeting of the legislature party held here on Monday and Tuesday. The party had on Tuesday dismissed Pilot and two ministers Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena from their posts on charges of involvement in the conspiracy to topple the Congress’s Ashok Gehlot government.
According to sources, these notices have been issued to the MLAs under the provisions of Article 191 of the Constitution of India and the 10th Schedule and Rajasthan Legislative Disqualification, Rules 1989 on the basis of change of party.
The MLAs have been asked to present their written replies to the Speaker in three days. These petitions will be placed in front of the Speaker of the Assembly in the chamber of the Speaker on July 17 at one o’clock in the afternoon. The notice states that if the MLA does not give a written comment or reply, the relevant petition will be disposed of by a one-sided hearing.
Notices issued to MLAs have also been pasted outside his residence and many of these notices are becoming viral on social media.