Withdraw NOTA for Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections: BJP

Withdraw NOTA for Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections: BJP

Withdraw NOTA for Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections: BJP

BJP said that Congress needs to come out clean, stressing on the fact that the Congress leaders were staying in that resort at a time when the state was reeling under floods.

Since July 27, the Congress has lost six MLAs in Gujarat to the BJP ahead of the August 8 Rajya Sabha elections.

The searches had its echo in Parliament where protesting Congress members disrupted the proceedings and questioned its timing even as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley insisted that the action had no connection with the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat. His room in the resort was searched and he was taken for questioning at his home.

New Delhi:Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel slammed the I-T raids on Karnataka Energy minister and accused the BJP of indulging in an "unprecedented witch-hunt" to win one Rajya Sabha seat.

In a four-page memorandum, the BJP has also urged the EC to withdraw its January 24, 2014 direction for "NOTA" use in the Rajya Sabha elections since it has acted beyond the direction given by the apex court.

The applicability of NOTA to the Rajya Sabha elections is in ex facie violation of the provisions of Article 80 (4) of the Constitution, the Representation of People's Act 1951, the Conduct of Election Rules 1961, and two decisions of the Supreme Court, the petition contends.

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However, DM Patel, the Gujarat Assembly Secretary said: "Rajya Sabha polls are taking place after nearly 20 years or more".

From January, 2014, biennial elections to Rajya Sabha covering all States and 25 bye-elections to Rajya Sabha have been held.

The IT department on Wednesday had raided Shivakumar's residence and at a private resort in Bengaluru where 44 Congress lawmakers from Gujarat are staying.

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'. "Let's not forget, it's Congress government in Karnataka".

Earlier on Thursday morning, the IT department raided the house of the minister's father-in-law in Bengaluru.

Refuting Congress Party's claim, IT department has denied that its raid at Shivakumar's residence and a private resort has anything to do with the Gujarat's Congress MLAs. 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.

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