Rajasthan Speaker CP Joshi said on Wednesday that he has decided to go to Supreme Court to “avert a constitutional crisis” following Rajasthan High Court’s recent order. Joshi had issued disqualification notices to former Deputy CM Sachin Pilot and 18 other rebel MLAs for the “anti-party activities”. However, Rajasthan High Court on Tuesday ordered Joshi not to take any action against any of the 19 MLAs in question until Friday.

“It is well-defined by the Supreme Court that only the Speaker can decide on anti-defection. The Speaker had full authority to send notice. It can be judicially reviewed only later, after the Speaker’s decision,” Joshi said as quoted by NDTV.

Joshi said there have been many verdicts by Supreme Court in the past that states the judiciary could not interfere in the work of the assembly speaker.

“I don’t want a confrontation. I respect the judges… but the roles are well defined,” Joshi told reporters.

With the speaker’s move, the focus has now been shifted to the Supreme Court order, which will decide the Ashok Gehlot’s strength in the Rajasthan Assembly when it goes for a floor test. If Pilot gets more MLAs in his support, Gehlot might lose power in Rajasthan.