New Delhi: On Thursday, Mumbai court rejected the plea of jailed former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh and NCP leaders Nawab Malik seeking one day bail to vote in the Rajya Sabha elections scheduled to be held on Friday. Both Malik and Deshmukh, arrested in separate money laundering cases.
NCP leaders Nawab Malik has told the court that he is an elected MLA and is duty bound to represent the residents of his constituency in electing a representative to Rajya Sabha. The Enforcement Directorate had opposed the bail pleas of both the NCP leaders, saying that prisoners don’t have voting rights under the Representation of the People Act, adding that a person confined in prison cannot vote in any elections, “whether he is under sentence or an undertrial that doesn’t make a difference”.
The ruling Shiv Sena has fielded two candidates, Sanjay Raut and Sanjay Pawar. The opposition BJP has put up three candidates – Union minister Piyush Goyal, Anil Bonde and Dhananjay Mahadik.
Elections will be held for six Rajya Sabha seats in Maharashtra and for the first time in more than two decades, there is a contest with seven candidates. The contest lies between BJP’s Dhananjay Mahadik and Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Pawar.