Congress protests NOTA option in Rajya Sabha polls, moves Supreme Court

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Income tax officials also reached Eagleton Hotel, where the minister was staying along with the other MLAs, to question him and search his room. "However, there is possibility of Smriti Irani losing the elections", said Solanki. BJP against NOTA in RS polls The BJP moved the Election Commission on Wednesday, seeking withdrawal of its decision to introduce NOTA in Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls, saying a political consensus has to be built first. And then a day earlier the Congress also requested the election commission to remove Nota for the Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections. No IT raids have taken place on any resort or any MLAs. The senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel is trying for his fifth re-election to the Upper House of Parliament from Gujarat. Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "Rajya Sabha elections should be held without fear in a free and fair manner but this is not happening in the Gujarat election". The BJP said that since the provision of secret ballot was not there in this election, the objective of NOTA was not of much use in it.

"Just to defeat one Rajya Sabha candidate, they are doing all this, but they will not be successful", said Kharge. The Commission has said that from January, 2014, biennial elections to Rajya Sabha covering all States and 25 by-elections to the Rajya Sabha have been held.

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'.

Shivakumar, the Energy Minister was apparently in charge of the hospitality for the Gujarat Congress MLAs.

In the backdrop of Gujarat Congress MLAs quitting and joining the BJP, as many as 44 legislators left for Bengaluru recently to ensure they don't succumb to police and political pressure to join the saffron party.

Though Bhartruhari Mahtab, the parliamentary party leader of the ruling Biju Janata Dal in Odisha said that he did "not think there is even a remote possibility of BJP succeeding in engineering defection in our party", his party colleague did not share his confidence.

Officials in the Election Commission, who refused to be identified, however, said that the directions to use NOTA in Rajya Sabha elections were enforced in January 2014 after the Supreme Court in 2013 made it mandatory to have the "None Of The Above" option in EVMs. It had 57 MLAs, but six of them have already joined the BJP.

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