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Congress moves EC, says NOTA should not be used in RS polls

In its petition, the party said that use of NOTA in “indirect elections” was in direct conflict with and militates against the system of proportional representation by means of single transferable vote.

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New Delhi, Aug 1 : The Congress on Tuesday moved the Election Commission and demanded that the provision of NOTA (none of the above) should not be made in the ballot papers for the August 8 Rajya Sabha elections as it would render the system of proportional representation “nugatory and otiose.”

In a petition to the Election Commission, the party said that use of NOTA option during the Rajya Sabha elections was contrary to the mandate of the Constitution, the Representation of People’s Act, the conduct of election rules as also judgment of the Supreme Court.

The party’s petition against NOTA comes in the wake of defections in its Gujarat unit ahead of the poll to the upper house in which its senior leader Ahmed Patel is a candidate.

The Congress has herded its Gujarat MLAs to Karnataka and has accused the BJP of causing defections. The party apparently has apprehensions that Patel may not be able to get the required votes if some of its MLAs opt for NOTA when they cast their ballot. Seven of its Gujarat MLAs have already resigned from the party.

In its petition, the party said that use of NOTA in “indirect elections” was in direct conflict with and militates against the system of proportional representation by means of single transferable vote.

“The Commission ought not to make applicable the NOTA provision in the ballot paper in the ensuing Rajya Sabha elections,” said the petition, moved by Congress leaders Anand Sharma and Manish Tewari.

“The system of NOTA makes the system of proportional representation by means of single transferable vote nugatory and otiose and cannot be made applicable in Rajya Sabha elections,” the petition added.

The Congress had earlier in the day raised the issue of NOTA in the Rajya Sabha also.

Election Commission officials, on their part, said the panel had made it clear in its communications following a Supreme Court judgment of 2013 that NOTA option will be applicable in the Rajya Sabha elections.

They said the poll panel, in its letter of November 2015 to all chief electoral officers of states, had given revised instructions about the manner of marking NOTA option in elections to Rajya Sabha and state legislative councils.

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Muslims are also descendants of Ram: Union Minister Giriraj Singh

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Union Minister Giriraj Singh (File Photo)

The union minster Giriraj Singh on Sunday said, Indian Muslims are not Babur’s descendants, Indian muslims are not foreigner.”

He claimed “India Muslims are descendants of Ram, our ancestors are same, although the worship criteria could be different. “

The leader retaliatating Owaisi who earlier said that the Masjid will be built where it was Giriraj Singh said,”They will go to Makka and Madina, where will we go, If Ram Temple isn’t built in India, will it be built in Pakistan.”

“People like Owaisi who are inspired by Jinnah wants to break the country,” he added.

However this is not the first time when Giriraj Singh has made a controversial, politically and socially peculiar comment on Ram Mandir and other things.

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Haryana degrading in Khattar Govt. no value of farmers, poor law and order situation: BS Hooda

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Former Haryana Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda (Photo-ANI)

Former Haryana Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday attacked BJP government of Haryana for a drastic law and order situation in the state.

The leader said, “today there is no value of farmer in Haryana, no work for labour, the hospitals don’t have doctors.”

Pointing out that people in Haryana are not getting basic necessities of life he added that there’s no education in the schools and law and order has been ruined, culprits are no more afraid of the government.

Hooda also said that women are not secure in their house, children are not secure in Schools, goons are looting petrol pumps and other places, rape incidents has been increasing day by day and murders have become a common thing.

The senior Congress leader also mentioned BJP President Amit’ shah rally while criticising the government said, When BJP National President came to Haryana, the state govt spent Rs 22 Crore to deploy 150 companies of Paramilitary forces for his security.”

“How can they provide security to people of Haryana if they can’t provide security to their party’s national President?, he added.

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Some hours prior to demonetisation, PNB exchanged 90 crores of Nirav Modi: Majeed Memon

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Majeed Memon, NCP Leader(Photo-ANI)

The NCP leader, Majeed Memon on Sunday made a claim that a PNB branch changed 90 crore rupees of old denominations into the new some hours prior to demonetization.

The leader also claimed that Nirav Modi left India some hours before Prime minister Narendra Modi announced Demonetisation.

The leader told ANI, “some hours prior to PM’s announcement of ‘Demonetisation’, 90 crore rupees of cash was brought in one of the branches of PNB & were exchanged for billions or something. This needs to be investigated.”

Jewellery Tycoon Nirav Modi has been declared defaulter  after his company recieved LOUs of almost 12 thousand crores from a PNB branch illegally. Nirav Modi, along with his wife Ami, brother Neeshal and Mehul Choksi left India in the first week of January before the PNB accused them of committing the fraud.

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