Today the Supreme Court declares that the option of NOTA (none-of-the-above) cannot opt during Rajya Sabha elections.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud has highlighted the notifications of the Election Commission, which did not allow NOTA option in the Rajya Sabha election’s ballot papers.
The notification of the poll panels was also been questioned by the Top court and expressed that NOTA were introduced during direct polls by individual voters. The decision came on the request of Gujarat Congress chief Shailesh Manubhai Parmar at the time of last Rajya Sabha election, during the time of lawyer Ahmed Patel.
The notification of the Election Commission has been challenged by Mr. Parmar, who allowed an option for NOTA in the ballot papers.
At the time of the NOTA option introduction, the Supreme Court legitimized the act of not voting. The Gujarat Congress Chief then had exclaimed that if NOTA option were allowed in the Rajya Sabha elections, it would surely encourage “horse-trading and corruption.”
In 2014, NOTA was first introduced to poll panel, which followed a verdict in the Supreme Court a year earlier and the Congress did not have any issue with the subsequent polls as it suited them.