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Why NOTA option, asks Ahmed Patel

“Reasons best known to EC”

Senior Congress leader and party nominee for the Rajya Sabha election from Gujarat, Ahmed Patel, on Tuesday questioned the move to introduce the NOTA option after the notification of poll in the State.

“First Rajya Sabha election was postponed. Second NOTA was permitted post-notification. Reasons best known to the Election Commission,” Mr. Patel tweeted after the Election Commission said NOTA would be introduced as an option in the ballot paper.

Mr. Patel, who is facing a tough contest in the wake of a spate of resignations by Congress legislators and open revolt by former Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader Shankarsinh Vaghela, also asked why the election was postponed by the EC, which had mysteriously cancelled the notification for election of 10 Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat, Goa and West Bengal.

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