Lucknow: The Allahabad High Court on Friday dismissed a petition challenging the election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi constituency. Also Read - ‘You Can’t Teach Dignity’: TMC Leaders Slam BJP For Chanting Religious Slogans at Netaji Event
It must be noted that the order was passed on an election petition filed by Tej Bahadur Yadav, who was declared by the Samajwadi Party as its Varanasi candidate in the last Lok Sabha elections. Tej Bahadur had filed the petition alleging that his nomination papers were wrongly rejected by the returning officer. Also Read - From LAC to LOC, World Witnessing Powerful Avatar of India Envisioned by Netaji, Says PM Modi in Kolkata
Further, he had also requested the court to declare the election of PM Narendra Modi null and void. Also Read - Netaji Would Have Been Proud to See India Helping Other Nations During Pandemic, Says PM Modi | Highlights
Tej Bahadur Yadav could not contest the elections as his nominations papers were not accepted by the returning officer. His plea was dismissed by Justice Manoj Gupta, who held that petitioner Tej Bahadur Yadav was not a candidate in the elections.
Therefore, he had no locus to challenge the election of a candidate who was declared successful in the polls, the court said.
Nomination papers of Yadav were rejected by the returning officer following his failure to submit a certificate about his dismissal.
Prior to this, senior advocate appearing on behalf of PM Modi, Satyapal Jain, submitted the plea was not maintainable under Order 7 Rule 11 of the Civil Procedure Code and Section 86 of the Representation of the People Act as no cause had been explained and there was no allegation of malpractice.