Hardik Patel’s Lok Sabha election hopes fade as Gujarat HC rejects his plea

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Patidar leader Hardik Patel Hardik, who joined the Congress on March 12, is likely to move the Supreme Court but he is running out of time because April 4 is the last date for filing nominations in Gujarat which votes on April 23. Hardik Although it takes up to eight to ten days on an average to get a petition listed for hearing, we will be expressing our urgency to the court. The High Court also took note of A sessions court in Visnagar in Mehsana district had sentenced Hardik to two years in prison for rioting and arson in Visnagar town in 2015 during the Patidar quota agitation. In August last year, he was granted bail by the High Court but it did not stay his conviction. Under the Representation of the People Act, 1951 and a related Supreme Court ruling, a convicted person cannot stand for election unless the conviction is stayed. After the HC rejected his plea, Hardik tweeted: Will continue to raise the voice of the masses with truth, non-violence and honesty. Congress party that serves the masses will form the government. I will campaign for Congress not only in Gujarat, but across the country. My only mistake has been that I did not bow down to BJP. This is the result of fighting the ones in power.\u201d

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