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BJP candidate challenges Ahmed Patel’s Rajya Sabha victory in HC

BJP candidate challenges Ahmed Patel’s Rajya Sabha victory in HC

BJP candidate Balvantsinh Rajput who lost Gujarat Rajya Sabha election, on Friday challenged Ahmed Patel's victory in the High Court.

Rajput has challenged the result saying, the Election Commission has no right to decide the invalidity of the vote. The Election Commission of India (ECI) had wrongly taken a decision terming two votes of MLAs Raghvji Patel and Bholabhai Gohel as invalid, he said. Both Patel and Gohel, who have now resigned as MLA and Congress, have allegedly shown their ballots to the people sitting at the polling area in contravention of the Election rules.

He has also dragged the issue of Congress taking its MLAs to Bengaluru resort ahead of voting.

The plea is likely to come up for hearing next week.

Patel beat the BJP nominee Rajput in a bitterly fought Rajya Sabha election after dramatic developments which saw the Election Commission rejecting the votes of two dissident MLAs of the main opposition party for violating electoral rules.

Patel received 44 votes, in the first RS polls in Gujarat in two decades, which saw a contest instead of official candidates of major parties getting elected unopposed. Rajput secured 38 votes.

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