Mumbai: The National level ruling Party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is again in the news and this time around for opposing introduction of None Of The Above (NOTA) option in the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat. The Rajya Sabha election which is scheduled on Aug 8 in Gujarat is currently in news for Congress attempting in full power to bring back Ahmed Patel in Rajya Sabha.
For the first time NOTA is introduced in Gujarat’s Rajya Sabha election by Election Commission and both the largest party are opposing it. Congress has been opposing the debut of NOTA in Gujarat’s Rajya Sabha election from the time of its announcement. However, BJP also seems to sail in the same ship in opposing the introduction of NOTA in the scheduled Election. A board of members from BJP has met the Election Commission today and expressed their desire to remove NOTA for the voters in the captioned election.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi spoke to media and said, “Rajya Sabha elections are indirect elections where original feeling is that NOTA will harm the Rajya Sabha elections, and so we have demanded that NOTA Tatkal should be ended and so that fair Elections can take place,” reported ANI.
The introduction of NOTA will allow MLAs participating in the election to boycott all the contenders if they don’t like their candidature. The Rajya Sabha election does not take place like the general elections. Rather, the voter has to show the marked ballot to the party’s polling agent before putting it in the ballot box. Congress has already lost 6 of its Gujarat MLAs to the hands of BJP where they have left them officially. Congress doesn’t want any stone unturned in getting Ahmed Patel back in the Rajya Sabha.
Congress is so serious in opposing NOTA that it has not just marked their disagreement for NOTA to Election Commission but has also moved to Supreme Court today against it. The Supreme Court is likely to hear the case tomorrow. So in the condition where Congress doesn’t want NOTA to be introduced in the upcoming Rajya Sabha election and BJP also opposing it’s implementation, would Election Commission rethink about the introduction of NOTA and whether to call it off.