New Delhi: The Gujarat Congress has filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the Election Commission’s (EC) decision to hold the Rajya Sabha by-polls for the two seats of Gujarat separately.
Gujarat Congress Committee president Amit Chavda took to Twitter and said that the notification issued by EC was unconstitutional and was a blatant attempt to benefit the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Chavda claimed that according to the norm, Congress would have got one seat if the elections were held together. He argued that if both seats. earlier held by Union Ministers Amit Shan and Smriti Irani, were vacated together then what’s the need to hold separate polls.
He further said that the party has confidence in the Supreme court that it will uphold the constitution and prevent the murder of democracy in broad daylight.
On Saturday, The Election Commission of India (ECI) had issued a press release regarding the Rajya Sabha Bye-polls after six seats of the Upper House became vacant due to various reasons.
Rajya Sabha Bye-polls will be held for one seat of Bihar, two seats of Gujarat and three seats of Odisha.
Find the complete Rajya Sabha bypolls schedule here
The press release stated that the vacancies for Bye-elections to all Houses, including the Rajya Sabha, are considered as separate vacancies and separate notifications are issued and a separate poll is taken for each of the vacancies, although the programme schedule for the bye-elections may be common.