Congress stages walk out in Lok Sabha

Congress stages walk out in Lok Sabha

Congress stages walk out in Lok Sabha

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.

"Without a corresponding amendment to the Act and the Rules any purported administrative action of the Election Commission of India to introduce NOTA is ex-facie illegal, arbitrary and in fact tainted with malafide", it claimed. Whereas on Wednesday the Congress moved to the Supreme Court for seeking to ban the NOTA option i.e, None of the above option vote in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections.

The Congress rejected explanations by the Income Tax department that the raids were not about its MLAs.

As the BJP on Wednesday echoed the Congress view and urged the Election Commission (EC) to remove NOTA provision from the August 8 election to three Rajya Sabha seats from Gujarat, the poll panel said the option was in force since January 2014. After the defection of six Congress MLAs, Patel's election is in jeopardy.

As the raids on the resort triggered angry reactions from the Congress, the I-T department said the resort is not being raided.

Clashes in the Rajya Sabha: Who said what? . The Rajya Sabha witnessed protests by the opposition against the "witch-hunt by the government".

Shivakumar, who was also responsible for the hospitality of 44 Congress MLAs in Bengaluru resort after they were transported out of Gujarat fearing blackmailing and intimidation by the BJP, was questioned for several hours.

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.

The I-T department issued a statement denying the raids were related to the stay of the Gujarat MLAs.

Jaitley, denying the allegations, said the searches were being done against one minister and not other MLAs staying at the resort.

Shivakumar is considered a trouble-shooter by his Congress party and according to an Association for Democratic Reforms report on crorepati Ministers in 29 States and two Union Territories, Shivakumar is listed as the second richest minister in the country with assets worth Rs. 251 crore. "This is a ploy by the BJP to tarnish me and weaken the Congress in Karnataka".

While parading all 44 MLAs to media at Eagleton Gold resort, Gohil alleged that BJP wants to finish the party in Gujarat, but the party MLAs are united.

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