#RajyaSabhaElections: Gujarat Congress challenges NOTA rule in Supreme Court

Aug 03, 2017, 00:37
#RajyaSabhaElections: Gujarat Congress challenges NOTA rule in Supreme Court

The Congress party also alleged that the use of NOTA, which is being allowed for the first time in a Rajya Sabha election, was to influence the result of the polls in Gujarat.

IT officials said Rs 9 crore cash was recovered from the raids on various properties, including in Delhi, linked to the minister.

The search at the state Power Minister's posh residence in the city's upscale suburb and his deluxe room at the resort caught the ruling party in Karnataka unaware and led to strong condemnation.

"They created a tamasha at the resort to create panic among the Congress MLAs".

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the government agencies were being used to terrorise people just ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections. "This is not good for democracy", Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said while speaking with the media here.

Stating that if the MLAs houses are raided, even Rs 1 lakh can not be recovered, Gohil said they had rejected Rs 15 crore offers (to win them over) and come here.

If the Congress keeps the flock together in Bengaluru, Patel will romp home with the assured support of two NCP MLAs and one rebel BJP legislator.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who spoke on the issue in both Houses of Parliament, also said no search operation was conducted at the resort in Karnataka where Gujarat Congress MLAs have been staying.

Meanwhile, Minister of State of Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the parties issue whip for these elections and NOTA option goes "against the nature of the whip". "But there is no doubt that Ahmed Patel is winning with a comfortable margin", Kharge said.

Shivakumar, was in charge of the 44 MLAs lodged there, to keep the flock together for preventing the BJP from allegedly "poaching" on them, was at the resort when the search took place, IT officials said.

Earlier, the grand old party had accused the saffron party of buying and threatening their MLAs in Gujarat for Rs. 15 crore and paraded its 44 MLAs who are camping in Bengaluru.

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