Education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court challenging the Gujarat High Court’s verdict nullifying his 2017 election on the ground of malpractices and manipulation.
Chudasama has appealed to the apex court to set aside the Gujarat High Court’s verdict by terming it as erroneous and contended that it has failed to appreciate that his rival Congress candidate Ashwin Rathod has not led positive, reliable, and cogent evidence to prove any of the issues.
Therefore, he was not entitled to be declared as duly elected candidate from ’58- Dholka Constituency’ for the Gujarat State Assembly Elections on December 14, 2017, the minister submitted.
The high court in its decision held that the returning officer was “hand in gloves” with the BJP leader and postal ballots were rejected illegally.
Rathod had challenged Chudasama’s victory from Dholka constituency by a margin of mere 327 votes in the 2017 Gujarat Assembly polls.