New Delhi: Hardik Patel’s hopes of fighting the upcoming Lok Sabha election has been dealt a big blow as the Gujarat high court, on Friday, dismissed his plea to stay his conviction in a 2015 rioting case. Patel, the Leader of the patidar reservation agitation, has been convicted in a rioting case he was involved in the Visnagar town during the 2015 patidar quota stir.
The last date for filling the nominations in Gujarat is April 4, Patel is just left with few days to challenge the judgement in the Supreme Court. He joined the Congress in March and also expressed his wish to contest the upcoming election from Jamnagar Lok Sabha seat.
Patel’s lawyers after the high court's judgement said they would first study the order and then decide about approaching the SC.
Justice AG Uraizee took into account the submissions made by the state government, it claimed that Patel has a habit of instigating people to cause violence. It also cited Patel’s “criminal antecedent” by listing 24 FIRs against him and that he has also indulged in violence on several occasions in the past. The judge also said if Patel really wants to serve the people, there is “no need to contest elections”.
However, welcoming HC verdict Patel said, will continue to campaign for the Congress in Gujarat and across the country. My only mistake is that I did not bow down to the Bharatiya Janata Party. This is the result of fighting against those who are in power.”
हम डरने वाले नहीं हैं। सत्य, अहिंसा और ईमानदारी से आम जनता की आवाज उठाते रहेंगे। जनता की सेवक कोंग्रेस पार्टी की सरकार बनाएंगे। पार्टी के लिए गुजरात समेत पूरे देश में प्रचार करूंगा। मेरा कसूर सिर्फ इतना है कि मैं भाजपा के सामने झुका नहीं। सत्ता के सामने लडने का यह परिणाम हैं।— Hardik Patel (@HardikPatel_) March 29, 2019