SC to hear Congress plea against use of NOTA in RS polls

SC to hear Cong. plea seeking removal of 'NOTA' from RS polls

"The minister and his brother, an elected representative coordinating in stay of Gujarat MLAs that is why it is a targeted timing", said Sharma. Meanwhile, the BJP approached the Election Commission to ask for the option not to be allowed in the upcoming election, NDTV reported.

Patel, who is also Congress president Sonia Gandhi's political secretary, is re-contesting the Rajya Sabha election from Gujarat.

The Congress forced repeated adjournments of the Rajya Sabha which wound up business much ahead of schedule because of continued slogan-shouting by Congress MPs in the House. The places that have been raided include Shivakumar's house in Safdarjaung in New Delhi, his house "Kankeri" at Sadashivanagar in Bengaluru, farmhouse at Kodihalli in Ramanagaram, father's house at Doddahalahalli near Ramanagaram and his wife's house at Ittigegud in Mysuru.




"Therefore, the BJP demands that direction for using Nota option in the election for Rajya Sabha in the state of Gujarat be withdrawn with immediate effect", the BJP said. Election Commission officials on Wednesday made it clear that in pursuance of the Supreme Court's direction, the panel had issued instructions on October 11, 2013, for providing NOTA option on ballot papers after the name of the last candidate. Considering that electors in Rajya Sabha have the option of abstaining from an election to make a political statement unlike voters in Lok Sabha and assembly elections, the utility of NOTA in the Rajya Sabha poll deserves to be debated. Because the Rajya Sabha elections are held by single transferable vote, allowing for second and third preference votes on the same ballot, it does not use EVMs. All that has changed: now we have the virtual declaration of "war" between the BJP and the Congress in the state akin to what you might see in more battle scarred states like a UP or a Tamil Nadu.

The BJP is of the view that since parties issue a whip for Rajya Sabha polls, Nota option goes 'against the nature of the whip'. Congress then flew its remaining 42 MLAs to a resort in Bengaluru to prevent further defections. Congress led Siddaramaiah Government is ruling Karnataka who were always criticising about the BJP led Central Government.

The Congress took the MLAs to the southern state, which it rules, after six of its 57 lawmakers in the Gujarat assembly resigned on Friday and Saturday.

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