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He went on to say that the objective of IT officials visiting the resort was to confront Shivakumar, who he the union minister alleged was hiding at the resort.

Moreover, on February 27, 2014, while extending the NOTA option to legislative council elections, further instructions were issued regarding the manner of marking vote with NOTA option on the ballot paper.

In the face of recent defections in Gujarat ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections, the Congress has approached the Supreme Court in an attempt to stop the use of the "none of the above" (NOTA) option in next week's polls.

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The BJP has fielded party president Amit Shah, Union Minister Smriti Irani and Balwantsinh Rajput against Ahmed Patel.

In a four-page memorandum, the BJP has also urged the EC to withdraw its January 24, 2014 direction for "NOTA" use in the Rajya Sabha elections since it has acted beyond the direction given by the apex court.

The NOTA option allows a voter to reject all the candidates that are running but was opposed by Congress and the BJP, saying that it is "against the ethos of indirect elections".

The Congress has said it was forced to stow away its lawmakers in Bengaluru as they were being intimidated by the ruling BJP in Gujarat and also being offered Rs 15 crore for their support in the Rajya Sabha polls on Tuesday.

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The raids took place at minister's residence in Kanakapura, Sadashivanagar and at rooms of Congress Party MLAs in the resort.

"Gujarat Congress leaders are making allegations against the BJP in Bengaluru". After its MLAs resignations, the party sent its 44 MLAs from Gujarat to Bengaluru and said the move was to save the MLAs from the pressure of the BJP.

Parmar has challenged the Election Commission's notifications and the Assembly's circular dated August 1, which make the "None Of The Above" (NOTA) option applicable to this year's Rajya Sabha elections, which are to be held on August 8.

The party has apprehensions over Patel's election prospects if more MLAs defect.

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