Congress stalls Rajya Sabha over NOTA, EC says in effect since 2014

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Sharma added that the RS vacancies are notified by the House and a new provision can not be just inserted in between without amending the Constitution.

"In all the states where the BJP is not able to win people's mandate, they are using such illegal methods to capture power", said Manicka Tagore, secretary in charge of the Congress in Karnataka.

"There is no NOTA for presidential election, vice presidential election or the council of states".

"Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Leader of the House, said: "... there was a Supreme Court judgement which provided for NOTA option.

On Sunday, Gujarat Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil alleged that the BJP had tried to buy its MLAs by offering each of them Rs15 crore ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls. Members of Congress and other opposition parties forced adjournments of the proceedings as they questioned the NOTA provision for these elections.

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This statement of the party members come in unison for the support of Ahmed Patel who has been nominated by the party for Gujarat Rajya Sabha Polls. "The law status that MLAs have to vote according to the mandate and if they opt for NOTA, it will amount to violation of the mandate".

Despite the party MLAs enjoying the party's five-star hospitality in far-away Karnataka, the Congress, uncertain about the outcome, is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the legislators actually vote along the party line when they return to Gandhinagar for the poll.

Rajya Sabha elections do not take place by secret ballot. "BJP MLAs were not anxious about the floods".

"Gujarat Congress leaders are making allegations against the BJP in Bengaluru".

Congress is working hard to stave off a humiliating defeat for its lone candidate, Patel, a Congress veteran and a close aide of Sonia Gandhi. "Article 324 covers all election in this country and therefore that's a circular which they issued, not now, but earlier", Jaitley was quoted as saying by the agency. "It is also shocking to note that even the official machinery of the state is being used to foster political purposes, as is evident by the conduct of N.K. Amin and S.P. Tapi", the party charged. This time around, the stakes of cross-voting are even higher with the defection of Vaghela and Rajput, the latter being the Rajya Sabha candidate of the BJP. "Nice (N) of (O) them (T) Amit Shah (A)". "If an MLA marks NOTA, he will be disqualified", said Modhwadia. The sudden insertion of NOTA is an extension of that long-winded game of chess to maintain BJP's political hegemony in home turf Gujarat.

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