Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls

Eagleton Golf Resort on the outskirts of Bengaluru where the Gujarat Congress MLAs are put up | Pushkar V

He said tax officials visited the resort because they had to bring "a particular individual" to his house to check certain documents seized during the searches.

The Election Commission, being a "constitutional watchdog" for ensuring free and fair elections has committed a grave travesty by issuing administrative instructions which fly in the face of constitutional and legal provisions, Parmar's petition contends. The Secretary of Gujarat Assembly, DM Patel, has read out the Election Commission decision in Rajya Sabha today, saying: "As per the directions issued by the Election Commission of India in 2013, NOTA option will be printed on the ballot paper". No IT raids have taken place on any resort or any MLAs.

The BJP has fielded its national president Amit Shah, Union minister Smriti Irani and former Congress leader Balwantsinh Rajput for the three Rajya Sabha seats from Gujarat against the lone Congress candidate Ahmed Patel.

A day after the Congress in the Upper House opposed the use of "None of the Above" (NOTA) option in the Rajya Sabha election in Gujarat, the BJP also made a similar demand on Wednesday. And the Congress has challenged the election commission notification for allowing the None of the Above options in Gujarat Rajya Sabha election in the Supreme Court that will hear the case tomorrow.

Accordingly, since January 2014, the electoral body have issued instructions for the provision of NOTA option in the elections to Rajya Sabha.

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From January, 2014, biennial elections to Rajya Sabha covering all States and 25 bye-elections to Rajya Sabha have been held. Shivakumar is hosting the Congress MLAs at a resort near Bengaluru.

Congress has also accused the Gujarat government of trying to lure 22 Congress lawmakers by offering Rs 15 crores and asking them for cross-voting during the polls. Earlier in the Rajya Sabha, leader of the opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the elections were being held in an atmosphere of fear. "This minister (Shivakumar) and brother were coordinating for the Gujarat MLAs".

Subsequently, the rattled Congress tucked away 44 of its MLAs to a Bengaluru resort to insulate them from alleged "poaching" attempts by the BJP.

Two days before the Congress legislators checked in, the Bengaluru resort was asked by the Congress party's government in Karnataka to pay Rs 982 crore as penalty to regularise 77 acres of land it has allegedly occupied illegally.

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