Betrayed by Indore pick, Congress hits for NOTA “Teach BJP a lesson”

Betrayed by Indore pick, Congress bats NOTA to 'teach BJP a lesson'

Indore will vote in the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Monday.

New Delhi:

Shocked by the Indore Lok Sabha candidate withdrawing his nomination and then adding salt to his wounds by joining the BJP, the Congress is now on the option of NOTA – none of the above – to “teach a lesson” to the ruling party. is working

The Congress has not won Indore, Madhya Pradesh's largest constituency in terms of electorate, in 35 years (since 1989), but this will be the first time it has not fielded a candidate. The BJP's nominee is sitting MP Shankar Lalwani and the Congress had given the ticket to Akshay Kantibaum, who dropped out on the last day of withdrawing his nomination papers and then proceeded to quit the party, replacing his rival. were

After the High Court rejected the plea of ​​its alternate candidate to contest on the party's symbol from the constituency, the Congress has launched a high-octane push for Nota votes and also from the BJP. has forced a response, which was seen as a slowdown in the campaign. As he has not yet seen much competition from the 13 other candidates in the fray.

Indore will vote in the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Monday.

State Congress chief Jitu Patwari has said that the party will not support any of the remaining candidates and urged people to record nota votes to punish the BJP.

Senior Congress leader Sajjan Verma, a former minister and ex-MP, said in Hindi in a video posted on X, “I appeal to the people of Indore… our Congress candidate has been stolen by some people. have taken, who have deprived you of your candidates. Right to vote if you want to teach them a lesson then press the NOTA button and save the democracy.

“Voters in Indore gave BJP a landslide victory in the last municipal and assembly elections. Yet, BJP killed democracy by unfairly luring Mr. Bam. News agency PTI reported The leader said this with reference to Shobha Ojha.

The NOTA option was introduced in 2013 on the directions of the Supreme Court and has provided a way for voters to express their dissatisfaction with all the candidates contesting the elections. Votes given to NOTA do not affect the elections in any way and the Supreme Court had last month issued a notice to the Election Commission on a petition saying that if a majority of voters choose NOTA, a constituency Elections should be annulled.

'Attack on Democracy'

Concerned about NOTA's record number of votes, however, the BJP termed the Congress campaign as a “negative tactic” and an “attack on democracy”.

Earlier this week, BJP councilor Scindia Yadav was caught on camera removing a poster stuck on an auto by an organization called 'Lok Tantra Bachao Samiti' (Democracy Save Committee) asking people to vote for NOTA. was asked for.

While the Congress has filed a complaint with the Election Commission, Ms. Yadav told PTI that she would continue to remove such posters and promoting the voting option was not in the interest of democracy.

Madhya Pradesh BJP chief VD Sharma also said that inciting people to press NOTA is a crime in democracy.

'shouldn't have been'

Another BJP leader and former Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan – who has won eight times from Indore – however, termed the Congress candidate's last-minute withdrawal as unfair and said voters have the right to decide.

I was surprised to learn about withdrawal of nomination of opposition party candidate in Indore… It should not have happened. There was no need for this development because the writing was on the wall that no one could defeat the BJP. Indore,” he told PTI.

Stating that some people in the city had called her saying they would opt for NOTA because “they didn't like what the BJP had done”, Ms Mahajan added, “I explained to them that the BJP has not done anything in this regard and that, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the party is sticking to its core ideology and our candidate (Mr. Lalwani) is in the fray, so vote him for BJP instead of NOTA. Should.”

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