Setback for Cong as SC refuses to stay NOTA option for Gujarat RS poll


New Delhi: In a big setback to Congress, the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday allowed the use of the ‘None of the Above” (NOTA) option in the upcoming poll for three Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat.

It refused a Congress party plea to stay the use of the voting option.

The SC said the use of the NOTA option is a constitutional issue which needs to be debated. It asked the Election Commission (EC) to respond in two weeks to the Congress petition disallowing NOTA.

The SC then set September 18 as the date to hear detailed arguments on the issue. Since the election in Gujarat for the RS seats is on August 8, it means legislators will be able to exercise the NOTA option during the poll.

The Congress had on August 1 moved the EC and demanded that the provision of NOTA should not be made in the ballot papers for the August 08 Rajya Sabha elections as it would render the system of proportional representation “nugatory and otiose” – or render it inconsequential.

The Congress Party moved the apex court against the decision of the poll body on August 2.

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