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Congress demands Dholka assembly seat be declared ‘vacant’

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After the Gujarat High Court invalidated the election of education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama on Tuesday, the leader of opposition in the Gujarat Assembly Paresh Dhanani has written to Speaker Rajendra Trivedi to declare the Dholka Assembly seat as vacant.

In a letter written on Wednesday, Dhanani has demanded that the same be done immediately as the high court has refused to grant a stay on the judgment, and hence, it has become operational with effect from Tuesday.

Notably, the Gujarat High Court’s single-judge bench of Justice Paresh Upadhyay had declared Chudasama’s poll victory as unlawful, null and void and clarified that there were irregularities in the counting by officers.

Meanwhile, chief election commissioner Sunil Arora formed a three-member committee headed by secretary-general Umesh Sinha to examine the details of the judgment and prepare a report of the same.

EC forms three-member panel to study Guj HC judgement on Chudasama victory