EC rejects opposition's demand to remove NOTA in Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls

Rajya Sabha polls will have the Nota option: SC rejects Congress plea

However, they issued a notice to the poll panel for September 13 to examine the constitutional validity of the notification. Although the Supreme Court petition was moved by the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party had also objected to the move. "You come here on the eve of elections", the bench said.

On Tuesday, the Election Commission announced its decision to introduce NOTA option in the Rajya Sabha polls. "Even after the elections and results are declared as per the schedule, the matter will be heard on the constitutional issue", it said.

Attorney General of India, K K Venugopal said that the centre has nothing to do with the ED notification of July 24 in which NOTA was prescribed.

In a series of tweets, the former Chief Minister of Rajasthan said: "Nobody could have thought, BJP would stoop so low".

Following Congress veteran Shankersinh Vaghela's exit, six more MLAs followed suit putting the party in a crisis ahead of the RS polls which has now assumed greater political significance. Therefore, instead of struggling against the democratisation of indirect elections, through reforms such as the NOTA option, parties would be better off relearning the art of floor management.

Hearing the plea on Thursday, the three-judge bench of Justices Dipak Misra, Amitav Roy and A M Khanwilkar questioned the petitioner over the delay in raising the issue.




At the outset, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing the Gujarat Congress leader, sought a stay on the notification, saying that if the NOTA provision was allowed in the Rajya Sabha polls, it would encourage "horse-trading and corruption". "Since the Rajya Sabha is a council of the states, the strength of the BJP has to be reflected", Jaitley said, further claiming that the party's strength would keep on growing with one after each assembly election.

Sibal replied that he was not afraid but, if the notification was not stayed, then the MLAs might exercise the provision and take money from the other side.

The EC has, however, said the panel had made it clear in its communications following a Supreme Court judgement of 2013 that NOTA option would be applicable in the Rajya Sabha elections.

The SC observed that the EC issued the notification relating to NOTA in RS polls way back in 2014.

"The Supreme Court ruling was restricted to direct elections, while this is a case of indirect election on proportional representative by means of single transferrable vote". "Why no challenge was made when many elections (to Rajya Sabha) were held since 2014".

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top US Issues Ban Prohibiting Its Citizens From Traveling To North Korea
Aug 04, 2017 - 00:31
On Tuesday, Mr Tillerson appeared to try to clarify the USA stance, saying: "We have been very clear with the Chinese". Signed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on July 21, the measure officially goes into effect on Sep.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Actress Danielle Bregoli 5 Years Sentenced To Probation in Florida Court
Aug 03, 2017 - 01:07
The crimes stem from past run-ins with the law, which came before she shot to stardom after an appearance on the Dr. In return for her pleading guilty, other charges were dropped.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top China to Trump: stop with the "emotional venting" on Twitter
Aug 03, 2017 - 01:07
Schumer's request comes amid increasing United States concerns about the threat of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un continues to test missiles, and that is testing the global community.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 'Kevin Can Wait' to kill off Erinn Hayes' character, CBS reveals
Aug 03, 2017 - 01:06
The first season of Kevin Can Wait was very successful, so getting rid of one of the stars was a curious decision. James and Remini starred together for nine seasons on " King of Queens ", which ended its run on CBS in 2007.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Doklam standoff: India refutes Chinese claims
Aug 03, 2017 - 01:03
China and Bhutan both claim Doklam even as the two countries along with India do not agree where their borders meet. China also indicated that the two sides are in touch to resolve the dispute in the Sikkim sector of the border.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top National Night Out to promote police-community partnerships
Aug 02, 2017 - 00:51
The York County Sheriff's Office will participate this year at four places in Fort Mill, Clover, Rock Hill and York. MADERA 8/1 Madera Courthouse 5:00 p.m.to 9:00 p.m. 8/3 Madera Fairgrounds 5:00 p.m.to 9:00 p.m.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Alabama escapees used peanut butter in jailbreak
Aug 02, 2017 - 00:50
Underwood also acknowledged that the jail needs some improvement, such as installing more monitors and cameras. A prison inmate is still on the run after leading a jailbreak that was aided by the use of peanut butter .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 'Bachelorette Men Tell All': Kenny King's daughter steals the show
Aug 02, 2017 - 00:49
Garrett said that he was there to learn and that despite his mistakes, he was thankful for the guys that reached out to him. He says he needs "ocular evidence", and I guess Harrison obliges by showing a clip of DeMario admitting he was dating Lexi.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top David Rudisha pulls out of World Championships with muscle strain
Aug 02, 2017 - 00:46
Rudisha's tweet was accompanied by a photo of his injured leg with strapping on it. Chris Baker will not be representing GB in the World Athletics Championships.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Nintendo Of America Announces SNES Classic Mini Preorders Later This Month
Aug 02, 2017 - 00:44
The regular NES Classic was in high demand but not so high supply, and Nintendo has been accused of keeping stock short on goal . Unveiled in June, the SNES Classic is a reinvented miniature version of the classic 1990's video game console.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Putin Put All His Money on Trump: It's Not Going So Well
Aug 02, 2017 - 00:44
The State Department inspector general's report from 2013 showed that there were 934 "locally employed" staff in a total of 1,279. Russian Federation has called on the United States to show "political will" to improve relations between the two countries.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top No life sentences without parole for juveniles in Alaska
Aug 01, 2017 - 22:59
The ACLU is asking the state Supreme Court to clarify how offenders like Taylor can get legal help to file for resentencing. However, corrections officials say there are no known inmates facing life terms without parole for juvenile offenses.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Abu Dujana killed in encounter
Aug 01, 2017 - 22:57
On July 30, internet services were snapped in Pulwama after two Hizb-ul-Mujahideen terrorists were gunned down in Tahab area. Abu is the third top militant leader killed since past year following Hizbul Mujahideen leaders Burhan Wani and Sabzar Bhat.

20 killed in Shiite mosque attack in Afghanistan
Aug 01, 2017 - 22:56
A spokesman for the interior ministry had earlier said he suspected the explosion may have been caused by a auto bomb. The attack was carried out by two people, Afghan Tolo News also said, citing local security officials.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Nitish decision unfortunate, says Sharad Yadav
Aug 01, 2017 - 22:56
The signals are loud and clear that he is ready to divorce JD (U), though Yadav himself stopped short of spelling it out. On 27 July, RJD Chief Lalu Prasad had tweeted the Bihar chief minister's affidavit filed with his nomination papers.