Jaipur | Jagran News Desk: In a huge relief to Sachin Pilot and the 18 rebel MLAs, the Rajasthan High Court on Friday asked the Speaker of the Assembly to hold off its action against them till Tuesday evening while adjourning the matter till Monday.

This is a huge relief for Pilot and the 18 rebel MLAs who were issued a disqualification notice by Speaker CP Joshi on a complaint made by the Congress. However, the political drama seems far from ending in Rajasthan. According to a report, Pilot had asked demanded that he be made Chief Minister of Rajasthan within one year.

As per an NDTV report, Pilot asked to be made Rajasthan Chief Minister and refused to meet Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul until his demands were accepted.

The NDTV report further claimed that Pilot refused to meet the Gandhis unless a promise was made on the Chief Minister’s post. He also demanded that a public announcement should be made that he will be given the Chief Minister’s post.

Following Pilot’s demand, the Congress high command decided to remove him from the deputy chief minister’s post, reported NDTV, adding that he is “not sure if he can trust Congress assurances anymore”.

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Pilot and his camp were given a 4-day relief from the High Court after it asked the Speaker to hold off its action against the rebel MLAs on the disqualification notices served on them. The Rajasthan High Court will now resume the hearing at 10 am on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Congress has accused the BJP of horse-trading and released two audio clips on social media, demanding the arrest of Union minister Gajendra Shekhawat. The party has also suspended two dissident MLAs -- sacked minister Vishvendra Singh and Bhanwarlal Sharma – from its primary membership.

Sachin Pilot was sacked as deputy chief minister and the president of the state unit of the party after he rebelled against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. However, the rebel MLAs said that they continue to owe allegiance to the Congress and are not seeking to defect to any other party.

The rebel MLAs say that they are against how Gehlot functions, claiming that the Speaker acted hastily in sending them the notices.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma