NOTA to remain in Gujarat RS polls as SC dismisses Congress’ plea

Prime News, National, New Delhi, August 3:- The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to stay use of None of the Above (NOTA) option in the upcoming Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls to be held on August 8.

The apex court also pulled up the Gujarat Congress, which filed plea seeking stay on NOTA, for raising question over the use of NOTA option and said as to why it is raising the issue so late when the Election Commission had issued the notification.

“Why are you so late in raising the question as Election Commission had issued notification in January 2014? the apex court asked the Congress.

The Congress had on Wednesday moved the apex court against the Election Commission challenging the introduction of NOTA option in the forthcoming Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat.

The Congress has been protesting since the Election Commission notified that NOTA option will be available for the first time in upcoming Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat.

The elections of the Upper House do not take place by secret ballot as the voter has to show the marked ballot to the party’s polling agent before putting it in the ballot box.

Despite its six Gujarat MLAs joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress is leaving no stone unturned to secure the Rajya Sabha berth for its leader Ahmed Patel.

-(NGB, Inputs: Agencies)

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