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Apex court refuses Cong plea and allows use of no-vote option for 3 Guj RS seats
During the election held on July 29, Liezietsu bagged 8038, Yhome garnered 4568 while 72 went to NOTA.
SC, however, agreed to examine constitutional validity of the notification to give an option of NOTA in elections.
On Tuesday, the Congress had approached the EC against the use of NOTA option in the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections.
While Congress is claiming that NOTA would be exploited by the BJP, the saffron outfit appears to have opposed it on the ground that there is no Constitutional provision.
A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra agreed to hear the plea after senior advocate Kapil Sibal mentioned the matter before it and sought an urgent hearing.
Earlier in the day, Congress leaders claimed that the NOTA was allowed in the upcoming RS polls after issuance of notification.
Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel today questioned the Election Commission's decision to introduce NOTA after the notification of the Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections.
Rajya Sabha elections 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.
Angry members of the Congress and other opposition parties forced adjournments of the proceedings as they questioned the NOTA provision for these elections.
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