Supreme Court rejects Gujarat Congress's plea against EC decision to hold separate Rajya Sabha bypolls

WION Web Team Delhi Jun 25, 2019, 01.03 PM(IST)

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The two Rajya Sabha seats fell vacant after Amit Shah and Smriti Irani were elected to the Lok Sabha.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a petition filed by the Gujarat Congress against the Election Commission's decision to hold separate byelections to two Rajya Sabha seats in the state.

The two Rajya Sabha seats fell vacant after Amit Shah and Smriti Irani were elected to the Lok Sabha. However, the top court allowed the Gujarat Congress to file an 'election plea' after the conclusion of polls to fill the two Rajya Sabha seats.

An election petition is a procedure to call into question the election results of parliamentary, Assembly or local elections.

The petition was filed by Congress MLA and Leader of Opposition in Gujarat Assembly Pareshbhai Dhanani. The Election Commission had clarified that the vacancies for bypolls to all Houses, including the Rajya Sabha, are considered "separate vacancies" and separate notifications are issued and separate polls are held, though the schedule can be the same.

The Congress has fielded Gaurav Pandya and Chandrika Chudasama for the two Rajya Sabha seats.

(With inputs from PTI)