Shaming itself by opposing IT raid on its minister: BJP

They said the I-T sleuths reached the Eagleton resort near here to question the minister, who was staying at the resort for the night after arriving late night to the Karnataka capital from Delhi. The Election Commission pursuant to that judgement had issued some notification under Article 324. After the Congress, the BJP too has approached the Election Commission demanding immediate withdrawal of the order to use "NOTA" (none of the above) option in the forthcoming Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat.

The Congress rejected explanations by the Income Tax department that the raids were not about its MLAs.

On the other hand, Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel lashed out at the BJP over the issue of raids and tweeted: "BJP is on an unprecedented witch-hunt just to win one Rajya Sabha seat".

Gujarat Assembly secretary D.M. Patel had said that the NOTA option will be printed on ballot papers to be used in the Rajya Sabha polls. The Supreme Court judgment formalising NOTA repealed a provision in the Conduct of Election Rules (Section 49-O) which allowed a voter to visit a polling booth and inform the presiding officer that he/she had decided not to vote, which was to be recorded accordingly.

Since the NOTA option has been added to the election if any lawmaker defies the party and chooses to vote for NOTA the lawmaker can not be disqualified.

The Congress has accused the BJP of "stealing" its MLAs in Gujarat ahead of the polls and have flown them to Bangalore to ensure their safety. The EC said that while the party would be free to take action against any MLA who does not vote for the party's candidate, they would remain a lawmaker and their vote would not be cancelled.

A board of members of the BJP tried to convince Election Commission officials to remove the voting option, a day after the Congress party made a similar demand. "Let's not forget, it's Congress government in Karnataka".

Shivakumar, the Energy Minister was apparently in charge of the hospitality for the Gujarat Congress MLAs.

There are conversations in political circle in Bengaluru that the Gujarat MLAs may be attacked on their way back home for the Rajya Sabha elections, scheduled for 8 August.

The Bharatiya Janata Party's alleged attempts to engineer the defections of Congress MLAs in Gujarat, and Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party MLCs in Uttar Pradesh, is being watched with deep anxiety by its opponents in Karnataka, Orissa and Tamil Nadu.


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