The Congress today initiated moves to disqualify Sachin Pilot and other dissident Rajasthan MLAs for anti-party activities. Nineteen rebels have been issued notice by the assembly Speaker and asked to respond by Friday. The move is likely to give the Congress government in Rajasthan an advantage by bringing the majority-mark down in a floor test. Sachin Pilot, whose rebellion has pushed the Congress government to the edge, is likely to address the media later today.
The notice to Sachin Pilot and other rebel MLAs asks them why they should not be disqualified for anti-party activities and for skipping two meetings of Congress legislators.
Sachin Pilot was sacked as Deputy Chief Minister and removed as state Congress chief on Tuesday. Two more ministers who have joined him in his revolt were also dropped.
“The truth can be harassed but not defeated,” Sachin Pilot reacted in a tweet. Later, he added: “My heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all those who have come out in my support today. Ram Ram Sa!” His supporters said the “public humiliation” of their leader was “totally unacceptable” to them and those who treated him badly should be punished.