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SC refuses to stay Gujarat Congress plea against NOTA option in RS polls

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New Delhi, Aug 3, 2017: In a major blow, the Supreme Court on Thursday refused to stay Gujarat Congress lawmaker’s petition challenging the Election Commission’s January 2014 order introducing the “none of the above” (NOTA) option for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections in the state.

The Congress had on Tuesday moved the EC and demanded that the provision of NOTA should not be made in the ballot papers for the August 08 Rajya Sabha polls as they termed it as ‘unconstitutional’ and ‘illegal’.

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 judgments of the Supreme Court.

However, the EC has said the panel had made it clear in its communications following a Supreme Court judgment of 2013 that NOTA option would be applicable in the Rajya Sabha elections.

The Congress Party moved the apex court against the decision of the poll body on Wednesday.

The BJP also met the Election Commission over the removal of NOTA or `None of the Above` option for voters in the Rajya Sabha elections.

The BJP has fielded its national president Amit Shah, Union minister Smriti Irani and Balwantsinh Rajput for the three Rajya Sabha seats from Gujarat against the lone Congress candidate Ahmed Patel.

On Tuesday, Rajya Sabha witnessed ruckus over the introduction of NOTA at the time when Gujarat is facing political fiasco, which led to multiple adjournments of the session

The high level battle for Rajya Sabha seat is slated to be held on August 8 and from Gujarat Congress lone candidate, Ahmed Patel is contesting against BJP’s Balwantsinh Rajput.

Read More: Rajya Sabha Polls: SC agrees to hear Congress plea against NOTA option in Gujarat

Wefornews Bureau

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