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Hardik Patel won't contest Lok Sabha polls, Gujarat HC rejects plea to stay his conviction in riots case

Hardik Patel. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 29, 2019, 05.13 PM (IST)

In a big blow to the Congress, Patidar leader Hardik Patel has been barred from contesting the ensuing Lok Sabha polls owing to his conviction in a 2015 rioting case.

According to reports, the Gujarat High court on Friday rejected Patel's plea seeking suspension of his conviction in a 2015 rioting case in Mehsana. 

As per the Representation of the People Act, 1951, Patel won't be able to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha Election due to his conviction.

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Patel was barred from entering Mehsana by a court in the 2015 Mehsana riot case. He had filed a plea in the Gujarat high court against the lower court order.

In February sources from Congress were quoted by news agency PTI saying, "If the HC vacates the ban on his entry into Mehsana district, he is most likely to contest from Mehsana (in north Gujarat).... Amreli (in Saurasthra) is another seat which has been offered to him".

Patel's entry into the electoral fray will have an impact in Gujarat, where the Bharatiya Janata Party has been winning assembly elections since 1995. In the 2014 general election, the BJP had won all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in the state. 

(With inputs from PTI)