C Times, 21 August 2017, Agartala
On Monday the Gujarat High Court issued a notice to Congress leader Ahmed Patel on a petition filed by BJP Rajya Sabha candidate Balwantsinh Rajput on the commission’s decision to invalidate the votes of rebel Congress MLA’s during the Rajya Sabha polls in the state.
Along with Patel, the notices have also been issued against two other candidates who won their Rajya Sabha seats, BJP president Amit Shah and Union Minister Smriti Irani.
The notices are returnable on September 21. In his, plea Rajput contended that the Election Commission’s decision cleared the way for Patel’s victory who received 44 votes, the minimum toll needed to win.
Rajput urged in his petition with the High Court to set aside the EC’s decision declaring if ‘patently illegal’ and alleged that Patel won the election by corrupt practices. The two MLAs who’s voted were declared illegal by the Commission had shown their ballots to a unauthorised person after casting their votes which went to Patel.
Karamsi Patel was one of the 44 Congress MLAs the party had flown out and put up at a resort in Bengaluru. The EC, taking into consideration the Congress plea, obtained the video footage of the voting.