‘Matter of Principles’: Pilot After Meeting Cong Top Leadership

Catch all the updates on the Rajasthan political crisis here.

Updated11 Aug 2020, 03:06 AM IST
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After meeting with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Ahmed Patel and KC Venugopal in Delhi on Monday, 10 August, Sachin Pilot said that it was always a matter of principles. Pilot met the top party leadership along with the rebel MLAs supporting him.

“Since past some time some MLAs were in Delhi, there were some issues which we wanted to highlight. I did that. I'd been saying since beginning that all these things were based on principle. I always thought these things are essential to be raised in party's interest,” he said, as quoted by ANI.

The meeting comes hours after Pilot met Rahul Gandhi at the latter’s residence, a discussion that the Congress said was ‘frank and conclusive’. Earlier on Monday, Venugopal said that a 3-member panel will address the concerns of Pilot and other rebel MLAs.

  • Rajasthan’s Assembly session is scheduled to commence on 14 August. The chief minister is likely to seek a trust vote during the session.
  • The BJP has moved several of its MLAs to Gujarat, fearing poaching by the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government, IANS reported

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4:47 AM, 23 Jul

SC to Hear Plea by Rajasthan Speaker Challenging HC Order on 23 July

The Supreme Court on Thursday, 23 July, will hear a plea by Rajasthan Assembly Speaker CP Joshi challenging the Rajasthan High Court decision extending the time for Sachin Pilot and 18 rebel Congress MLAs to reply to the anti-defection notice of 14 July.

A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra and comprising Justices B R Gavai and Krishna Murari will take up the matter through video conferencing. "It is respectfully submitted that the impugned order passed by the High Court is in effect a stay on the powers of the Speaker under the Tenth Schedule to adjudicate on a disqualification petition", said the plea through advocate Sunil Fernandes. The Speaker moved the apex court Wednesday and sought urgent hearing in the matter.

5:50 AM, 23 Jul

SC Begins Hearing Rajasthan Speaker's Plea

Supreme Court starts hearing an appeal filed by Rajasthan Speaker CP Joshi, against the Rajasthan High Court order to defer anti-defection proceedings against former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and 18 breakaway Congress MLAs till 24 July.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal arguing for the Speaker tells the court, “Rajasthan High Court cannot direct Speaker to defer disqualification proceedings against MLAs.”

6:24 AM, 23 Jul

SC Asks Reason For Seeking Disqualification of MLAs, Sibal Replies

SC asked Kapil Sibal, Rajasthan Speaker's counsel, "On what grounds disqualification was sought?" Sibal tells court, "MLAs didn't attend party meet, they're indulging in anti-party activities. They're in a Haryana hotel, incommunicado & sought floor test against their own party".

6:30 AM, 23 Jul

Voices of Dissent Cannot be Suppressed in a Democracy: SC on Rajasthan Speaker's Plea

Justice Arun Mishra asks Sibal, "Can a person elected by people not express his dissent?"

"Voice of dissent cannot be suppressed. In a democracy, can somebody be shut down like this?" Justice Mishra asks Sibal, who is representing the Speaker.

The top court further said, “We are trying to find out whether disqualification process against MLAs was permissible or not.”

Published: 23 Jul 2020, 04:54 AM IST
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