For the second time, the Gujarat’s Patidar Ananmat Aandolan Samiti (PASS) leader Hardik Patel is unable to contest in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls, after the Gujarat High Court rejected his plea seeking stay on the conviction by a local court in Mehsana district, to enable him to contest in the polls.
In the last elections when he tried to contest in the polls, he had realised that he didn’t have minimum age of 25 years to become eligible to contest in a poll. Only recently he joined Congress aiming at contesting in the polls as Congerss candidate. Congress president Rahul Gandhi also responded positively assuring him a seat.
The court of Justice AG Uraizi had completed the hearing on Thursday and pronounced the verdict today. It refused to put a stay on the lower court order and treat the case like that of Navjot Singh Sidhu as argued by the Hardik’s counsel. It was not immediately clear as to whether Hardik after this jolt would approach the higher court or not.
One of his counsels in the matter Salim M Saiyed said that they were awaiting the detailed order but would definitely suggest Hardik to move the Supreme Court if he sought advise.
Notably, Advocate General Kamal Trivedi who appeared for the state in the court had vehemently opposed the plea saying that a lawbreaker should not be made a lawmaker.He also argued that it was not necessary to become MP or MLA to do social service. He also said that there were several FIRs against Hardik.
He had also said that there was difference in the case of Punjab Minister and then MP Navjot Singh Sidhu who had got relief from Supreme Court after getting disqualified as MP following conviction by the High Court.