Ali Motahari in an interview with a local news agency said "I think that the disqualifications of Mr. Hashemi Rafsanjani and figures such as Mr. Pezeshkian were wrong, the same way that Mr. Jalili’s qualification was wrong. This proves that the Guardian Council has adopted a more political approach than religious and legal.”
Asked why he thinks so, he said "Look, they came up with two justifications, both of which are invalid. One is physical inability and the other participation in the 09 sedition. I recommend that to assess Mr. Hashemi’s physical abilities a 100 meters race be held between him and Mr. Jalili and a wrestling match with Mr. Haddad. Let the referee be Mr. Jannati and the assistant referee Mr. Yazdi.”
"As for the 09 sedition, they slandered Mr. Hashemi and his family in that show of a negotiation. Then he asked for a time from the IRIB to defend himself but they denied him the space. So naturally he had objections. Can this, considering all that record and experience, be a license for disqualification?” Motahari demanded.
He then questioned the reasons for Pezeshkian’s disqualification despite his two terms in the Majlis and one term of ministership, criticizing the qualification of Jalili "with least experience”, asking "Can somebody become President with a couple of meetings and negotiations with Mrs. Ashton?”
Asked how he predicts the elections, Motahari said "Under these circumstances I do not think that such political breakthrough as mentioned by the Leader of the Revolution will happen, because breakthrough, high participation, and excitement come when optimal representatives from the sides running for presidency are at hand. But if the optimal representatives of one or two sides are not there, something like that will not happen. The excitement stirred across the country when Mr. Hashemi signed up proved that his presence is demanded by a large part of society, whereas his disqualification disillusioned people. There had appeared among people hope in national integrity, an end to disagreements, and the instatement of a vibe of love and friendship in the country come by a discourse of moderation and reason, which was unbelievably dissipated by the Guardian Council.”
At the end he stated "I believe that the only solution is that the Leader of the Revolution would qualify Mr. Hashemi by state decree. That is not something far-fetched, because after the sign-up, Mr. Hashemi had told him "I will resign if you mind,’ and he had said ‘I don't mind.’”