Shiv Sena MLA Suhas Kande approaches Bombay High Court against the Election Commission of India’s decision declaring his vote as invalid

Suhas Kande

MUMBAI: Today, Shiv Sena MLA Suhas Kande approached the Bombay High Court against the Election Commission of India’s (ECI) decision declaring his vote cast in Rajya Sabha elections which were held last week as invalid after the BJP govt alleged that he violated the voting process.

Kande said that ECI’s decision discharging his vote has caused grave harm to his dignity and reputation, and sought that the High Court quash and set aside the ECI’s decision.

This Petition was filed by Advocate Udane before a division bench headed by Justices SV Gangapurwala and Dhiraj Singh Thakur. In his plea, they are seeking an urgent hearing. The court posted the plea for a hearing on June 15.

Further, he claimed that on June 10, when the Rajya Sabha elections were held for six seats in Maharashtra, he had gone to the electoral hall (at the Vidhan Bhawan in Mumbai), exercised his right to vote, made the necessary endorsement on the ballot paper and as per rules, came out and showed the ballot paper to Shiv Sena leader Sunil Prabhu, who had issued a whip for the polls.

“It is alleged by MLA Yogesh Sagar that the petitioner had shown his ballot paper to the whip of another political party. This is not true and the petitioner had shown his ballot paper to only Sunil Prabhu and not to any other political party,” the petition said.

Mr. Sagar ought to have raised this objection at that time and not after Kande left the electoral hall, the petition said.

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