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BJP moves EC against Cong's Rajya Sabha nominee in Gujarat

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The BJP today approached the demanding that the nomination of Rathwa for the elections in be quashed because of several irregularities in his form.

A delegation of senior party leaders, including Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, and Piyush Goyal, went to the Commission tonight, seeking action against Rathwa and P K Valera, a Congress-backed

Naqvi said they have demanded that the candidate's nomination be quashed.

He has hidden several information, including those regarding criminal cases against him. He has also not submitted due no-objection certificates, he said.

Goyal said the BJP delegation informed the EC about irregularities in nomination forms of Rathwa and also

The BJP's complaint ahead of the biennial polls to the on March 23 marks yet another instance of its all out attack on the opposition party over a election as it had earlier targeted its senior during polls last year.

Both the BJP and the had then approached the EC a number of times. Patel had won in a hard-fought battle.

The BJP's complaint today followed its Suresh Angadi's complaint to the Speaker, alleging gross irregularities in granting several no objection certificates given to Rathwa.

In a letter seeking an investigation, Angadi said he was given seven NOCs within 40-50 minutes yesterday and wondered if any verification was carried out.

Sources said the Speaker's office has ordered an enquiry into the matter.

BJP said a no-dues certificate was issued to Rathwa at 3.30 PM yesterday by the secretariat, an hour after he filed his nomination papers along with a "fake certificate".

"We objected to the papers submitted by Rathwa during the scrutiny process of forms. Rathwa had served as a and the no-dues certificate he submitted was a fake one," alleged Vaghani.

However, the dismissed the allegations as baseless and claimed that the returning accepted Rathwa's nomination papers after scrutiny today.

"The objections raised by the BJP during the scrutiny process of our candidates lack substance. The RO over-ruled the BJP's objections to approve Rathwa's candidature," said

A total of seven candidates have filed nomination papers for four seats falling vacant from the state for March 23 elections.

The BJP has fielded Union ministers Purshottam Rupala, Mansukh Mandavia, and former MLA Kiritsinh Rana, while the nominated and The also extended support to PK Valera, who is a

Extending support to is seen as a tactical move of the to save its second seat in case there is any threat to Rathwa's candidature.

In the 182-member House, the ruling BJP has 99 MLAs while the opposition 77. Both the parties are in a position to send two candidates each to the Rajya Sabha, as the minimum number of votes required per candidate is 37.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 22:40 IST