Petitions in HC challenge election of three MLAs

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Election of two BJP MLAs and a Congress MLA has been challenged before the Gujarat High Court.

Election of Congress's Shailesh Parmar from Dani Limda seat in Ahmedabad (reserved for SC) has been challenged by rival candidate Girishchandra Parmar, who had switched to BJP just before the polls. "We have demanded disqualification of Shailesh Parmar on the grounds that he provided illegal caste certificate to the Election Commission," said advocate C B Upadhyay, who is representing Girish Parmar.

"Shailesh Parmar's 2009 caste certificate was challenged and the matter is still pending before the high court, but he obtained new certificate in 2012 and submitted it. This is illegal," the petition says.

Amrsi Vasava, the Congress candidate from Dediyapada in Narmada district, has challenged the election of BJP's Motilal Vasava on the ground that the latter's election expenditure exceeded the prescribed limit of Rs 16 lakh.

The third petition, filed by an Independent candidate Hasmukh Patel, has challenged the election of BJP's Shankar Chaudhary from Vav in Banaskantha district. The petition says the Election Commission wrongly rejected his nomination on technical grounds and therefore a direction should be given to the EC for holding fresh election.

The hearing on petitions is expected soon.

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