As Gujarat by-polls date comes near, trouble seems to be mounting for BJP leader Alpesh Thakor. A petition challenging the former Congress MLA's candidacy from Radhanpur has been submitted in the Gujarat High court by a social worker, Sureshbhai Khimjibhai Singhal.
The petition challenges the nomination filed by Thakor on September 30 for the Randhanpur by-polls scheduled to happen on October 21. The petition questions the validity of the nomination filed since Alpesh Thakor had cross voted in Rajya Sabha elections and for that matter, the speaker of the Gujarat Assembly is yet to give an order. Without the speaker's order, the nominations filed will be a wastage of public funds. If the speaker's order comes against Alpesh Thakor, another by-poll will have to be organised in the Randhanpur constituency.
A similar point was raised in the petition by the Indian National Congress party delegation. Responding to which the court had said, 'The judiciary could not hasten the process of the speaker'. The speaker has time till November 9 to announce his decision on the matter.
"We have a problem with the complicated history of Alpesh Thakor. The advocate general the earlier case had said that the speaker has till November to decide about the disqualification of Thakor. What if he does end up disqualifying him? There will have to be another by-poll in Radhanpur. This will lead to more public funds wastage. Elections cost times and money and govt resources. It needs to be clarified before hand - whether or not Alpesh Thakor will be disqualified," said Dharmesh Gurjar, the advocate representing the case.