A delegation of senior party leaders, including Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Piyush Goyal, went to the Commission tonight, seeking action against Rathwa and PK Valera, a Congress-backed independent candidate.
Candidature of this old Arjun Singh loyalist came as a major surprise for all in the Congress party and the ruling BJP. He has also not submitted due no-objection certificates, ? he said. The Returning Officer eventually ruled in Rathwa's favour and accepted his nomination form.
Ms. Patel has sent her resignation to the party leaders.
The term of four members of the Upper House - Rajiv Chandrashekar (Independent), Rahman Khan (Congress), Basavaraj Patil Sedam and R Ramakrishna (Both BJP) - would get ended on April 2, 2018. Patel had won in a hard-fought battle.
The BJP claimed that Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has asked the Delhi police to look into the matter.
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 Congress's Kumar Ketkar and NCP's sitting MP Vandana Chavan were in the danger zone now.
By nominating 72-year-old Rajmani Patel, the Congress party has played safe and is seen as an attempt to woo OBCs.
"We objected to the papers submitted by Rathwa during the scrutiny process of Rajya Sabha forms".
The Congress deployed Leader of Opposition in Assembly, Paresh Dhanani, and senior party leader Shaktisinh Gohil to put forward Rathwa's case.
BJP's allies the BSR (Congress) and the Karnataka Janata Party (KJP), floated by its former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, have three seats and two seats, respectively.
From the BJP, nomination papers of Mansukh L. Mandaviya, Parshottam Rupala and Kiritsinh Rana were accepted.
In terms of caste equation, the party has chose to field candidates from minority (Naseer Hussain - Ballari), Dalit (L Hanumanthiah - Bengaluru Rural) and dominant Vokkalinga community (G C Chandrashekar-Hassan). "He has also not mentioned serious allegations in his affidavit", Gujarat BJP president Jitu Vaghani said.