A Congress candidate who lost the 2017 state Assembly elections has approached the Gujarat High Court challenging the invalidation of around 400 postal ballots which he claimed led to his defeat by a narrow margin.
Defeated Cong candidate approaches Gujarat HC over invalidation of postal ballots
The petitioner had managed to garner 71,203 votes, while his nearest rival and winning candidate Chudasama managed to get 71,530 votes, a victory margin of 327 votes. He prayed for the court's directions to the authorities to hold the postal ballots as valid and order counting of these votes. He added that no valid reason was given behind the decision to invalidate these votes.
He has made all the 13 candidates who contested from Dholka constituency and the Election Commission and returning officer as respondents in the case which is likely to come up for hearing next week. Chusdasama is a cabinet minister with the portfolios of education, law and justice, legislative and parliamentary affairs, among others in the new BJP government.