BJP Gets Battle For Gujarat Rajya Sabha Seat To Delhi

'Documents Forged': BJP Gets Battle For Gujarat Rajya Sabha Seat To Delhi

BJP has complained to the Lok Sabha Speaker about Congress candidate Naranbhai Rathwa

New Delhi:  Just hrs after the returning officer for the Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat identified the nomination papers of Congress candidate Naranbhai Rathwa legitimate, the BJP approached the election fee and the Lok Sabha Speaker, questioning the authenticity of the no dues certificate received by Mr Rathwa, a former Lok Sabha member.

A BJP delegation led by union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad submitted a complaint with the election fee, professing that the paperwork submitted by Mr Rathwa was allegedly cast and received beyond the 3 pm deadline on Monday, the last day for filing of nominations.

In accordance to procedures, a former lawmaker contesting elections requires to post a certificate that they you should not have any remarkable dues relating to their before stints as parliamentarians, when filing their nomination papers.

“The Lok Sabha secretariat has certified that the no dues certificate was issued around 3.30 pm on March 12. We fall short to recognize how he could have submitted the certificate in advance of 3 pm. We have also lodged a complaint with the Lok Sabha Speaker. Using notice of our complaint, the Speaker has requested a probe by the secretary normal,” union minister Piyush Goyal advised reporters.

In its letter to the Lok Sabha Speaker, the BJP says the “entire process of getting seven no dues certificates from seven departments of the Lok Sabha secretariat was accomplished in significantly less than 40 to 50 minutes”.

The BJP has also questioned the nomination papers submitted by Impartial candidate supported by the Congress — former IAS officer and senior scheduled caste leader P K Valera — contacting the affidavits submitted by him as “faulty”. The Congress has propped up Mr Valera as there are uncertainties over no matter if its nominee Naranbhai Rathwa’s papers will keep up to scrutiny.

There are 6 candidates for 4 Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat creating it a contest on March 23, when voting will consider area. The BJP and Congress have fielded two candidates just about every and are supporting an Impartial candidate apiece.

The two functions have more than enough votes to acquire two seats just about every. The go to again a 3rd candidate is an attempt by the BJP to transfer surplus votes to the Impartial candidate it is supporting, hoping that  some Congress MLAs, disgruntled with the party’s preference for 1 of the Rajya Sabha seats, will cross-vote.

The Gujarat assembly has 182 associates — the BJP has 99 and the Congress has 77. A candidate requires 38 votes to acquire. So when the BJP can assure that two of its candidates sail by way of, it will have a surplus of 23 votes. The Congress also has more than enough lawmakers for two seats but some cross vote, the celebration will be in trouble.

There was some drama on the last day for filing nominations when Mr Rathwa was knowledgeable that he has not hooked up to his papers a certificate from the parliament secretariat, obligatory for any former parliamentarian contesting the Rajya Sabha elections. Nevertheless Mr Rathwa has submitted an old certificate, the Congress fears that his kind candidacy could be turned down.

The other candidate fielded by the Congress is celebration spokesperson Amee Yajnik, witnessed as a political beginner. Congress resources indicated that there is resentment in just the celebration over Ms Yajnik being fielded, and the BJP, sensing an option, has backed Impartial candidate Kiritsinh Rana, apart from fielding union ministers Purshottam Rupala and Mansukh Mandaviya. Ms Yajnik’s chances, the BJP thinks, could be marred by cross-voting by upset Congress lawmakers.

“We do experience that there is large amount of resentment in the Congress in opposition to candidate collection and that is why we have submitted an Impartial candidate backed by us. There will be cross-voting,” stated Gujarat’s Deputy Chief Minister, Nitin Patel.

The Congress has rubbished these statements. “Just before any elections it’s the BJP’s tactic to distribute falsehood. There is no likelihood of cross-voting,” claimed Gujarat congress main Bharatsinh Solanki.

Customers of a condition assembly elect Rajya Sabha associates by what is identified as proportional illustration with a one transferable vote. Every voter ranks his preference, and if the initially candidate on the record has more than enough votes to acquire, or no likelihood of profitable, the vote is transferred to the upcoming preference and so on.

Rajya Sabha elections for three seats have been held in Gujarat months in advance of the assembly elections. At that time the BJP, with substantially extra seats from the former election, could very easily acquire two but compelled a contest for the 3rd seat in opposition to senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel contested. Mr Patel just about scraped by way of and was re-elected.

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