This comes days after the Income Tax raided Karnataka energy minister D K Shivakumar’s properties and recovered over Rs 10 crore in cash. He has been hosting the MLAs after the Congress moved them to the state fearing defections ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls on August 8.
The petition, filed by Shailesh Manubhai Parmar, the chief whip of the party in the Gujarat Assembly, requested the court to quash the August 1 circular issued by the secretary. The circular said the NOTA option would be made applicable in the elections to the Upper House.
Later, Left Legislature Party leader Sujan Chakraborty and senior CPM leader Rabin Deb met Koley, who is also the returning officer (RO) for the Rajya Sabha elections.
The TMC candidates were Derek O’Brien, Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, Dola Sen, Manas Bhunia, who had switched to TMC from Congress in September last year, and former Gorkha National Liberation Front leader Santa Chhetri.
The Congress has 57 MLAs in the 182-seat Gujarat Assembly. It needs the support of 47 of them to get its candidate through.
A petition has been filed in the High Court seeking proper scrutiny of affidavits of the candidates.
Naming the five candidates for the Rajya Sabha elections, Banerjee tweeted “My best wishes to all of them. Salute to Ma, Mati, Manush.”
INLD, which had originally backed RK Anand, had alleged that Congress’ former CM BS Hooda and BJP were “responsible” for the 14 votes of party MLAs being declared invalid in the June 11 Rajya Sabha election.
The results of the Haryana Rajya Sabha polls have been mired in controversy as the votes of 12 Congress legislators were declared invalid on the ground that they were inked using the wrong pen.
The JD(S) managed to win only one of the seven legislative council seats for which elections were held and none of the four Rajya Sabha seats.
After the voting ended Saturday, Yadav had said that he had voted for a party, “which can bring development to this state and my region”.
The big surprises the elections came in Haryana and Jharkhand, where candidates of the BJP denied victories to Congress-backed nominees who were considered fairly certain to enter Parliament.
Congress leaders state that their victory despite the BJP’s ‘unfair’ tactics, is a sign that democracy prevails in the country.
Thakur, who was the BJP-backed candidate in Uttarakhand, resigned from the party after withdrawing from the Rajya Sabha race and accused the BJP of following “money and briefcase politics”.
Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid termed Anand’s defeat by BJP-backed media baron and Independent candidate Subhash Chandra as a setback and disappointing.