Congress asking for votes for NOTA in Indore, BJP calls it "attack on democracy"

BJP was not seeing much competition from the 13 other candidates currently in the fray, hence its campaign was going on very loosely here.

Bhoomi Goyal
Published on: 12 May 2024 3:31 PM GMT
Congress asking for votes for NOTA in Indore, BJP calls it attack on democracy
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Hurt by the Indore Lok Sabha candidate withdrawing his nomination and then rubbing salt into its wounds by joining the BJP, the Congress is now counting on NOTA to "teach a lesson" to the ruling party. Congress has not been able to win Indore seat, the largest in Madhya Pradesh in terms of voters, for 35 years (1989). However, this will be the first time that it has not been able to even field its candidate here. BJP candidate is sitting MP Shankar Lalwani. Congress had given ticket to Akshay Kanti Bam from here, but he withdrew from the election on the last day of withdrawal of nomination and then also left the party. Then he joined BJP.

After the High Court rejected the petition of its replacement candidate to contest the elections, Congress has started efforts for NOTA and has also forced BJP to react. BJP was not seeing much competition from the 13 other candidates currently in the fray, hence its campaign was going on very loosely here. However, BJP has become alert due to the entry of NOTA.

Voting will be held in the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections in Indore on Monday. State Congress chief Jitu Patwari has said that Congress will not support any other candidate in Indore and urged people to make a record of NOTA to punish BJP. Senior Congress leader and former minister and former MP Sajjan Verma said in Hindi in a video posted on Twitter, "I appeal to the people of Indore... Our Congress candidate has been stolen by some people and you are being forced to vote. If you want to teach them a lesson, press NOTA button and save democracy."

Senior Congress leader Shobha Ojha said, "Voters of Indore had given a massive victory to the BJP in the last municipal corporation and assembly elections. Despite this, the BJP killed democracy by falsely luring the bomb. Voters were forced to vote by choosing the NOTA option. BJP should give a befitting reply."

The NOTA option was introduced in 2013 on the directions of the Supreme Court and gave voters a way to express their dissatisfaction with all the candidates contesting the elections. Votes cast for NOTA do not influence the election in any way and the Supreme Court had last month issued a notice to the Election Commission on a petition seeking that if a majority of voters in a constituency choose NOTA, the elections be declared cancelled.

Bhoomi Goyal

Bhoomi Goyal

English Content Writer in Newstrack from Jaipur, Rajasthan. (Education, Business, Technology, Political, Sports, Lifestyle, Crime and Webstories)

My self Bhoomi Goyal from Jaipur, Rajasthan. I have passed my Master's in Journalism and Mass Communication this year. I worked in Rajasthan Patrika for six months as an intern. I am working here from June 1st. I passed my graduation in BCA from Rajasthan University and master's in journalism and mass communication from Vivekananda Global University, Jaipur.

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