BJP candidates approach HC against rejection of nomination
Kochi: The BJP candidates, whose nominations were rejected by electoral officers, approached the high court. The petition will be considered on Sunday at 2 in the afternoon.
The last date for withdrawing nomination is Monday. Once the deadline is over, the returning officer will release the list of candidates. After this, they can continue the battle through election petition only. With this, BJP requested the Chief Justice to consider the petition urgently though it is holiday.
BJP candidates will argue in the court that the returning officer violated the rules. Seal and other details were included on the nomination papers. The forms containing the signatures of state and national presidents of the party are important only when the symbols are allotted. So, the nominations were rejected on technical issues only.
As this is legally incorrect, both candidates should be granted permission to contest the polls. BJP candidates in Guruvayur and Thalassery will approach the high court raising this issue. However, the supreme court had earlier ordered that any objections regarding the decision of returning officer can be raised only through election petition.
The nominations of BJP candidates in Thalassery, Guruvayur and Devikulam constituencies were rejected the other day. There were no dummy candidates for BJP in Thalassery and Guruvayur. With this, the NDA will have no candidate in these constituencies in the election.
BJP Kannur district president Haridas filed nomination in Thalassery and Mahila Morcha state president Adv Niveditha in Guruvayur. In Devikulam, nomination of AIDMK candidate Dhanalakshmi who is contesting with support of NDA was rejected as the papers were incomplete. NDA decided to field independent candidate S Ganeshan as their official candidate.