Flatly turning down the request from Opposition JD (S) to extend support for its industrialist candidate B M Farooq for the Rajya Sabha seat, the ruling Congress party has made a decision to try its luck by gambling on winning the third out of the four Rajya Sabha seats from the Karnataka Legislative Assembly.
The BJP's complaint ahead of the biennial polls to the Upper House on March 23 marks yet another instance of its all out attack on the opposition party over a Rajya Sabha election as it had earlier targeted its senior leader Ahmed Patel during polls past year.
The official also accepted the nomination of Independent candidate P. K. Valera, backed by the Congress. Patel had won in a hard-fought battle. The Returning Officer eventually ruled in Rathwa's favour and accepted his nomination form.
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.
"From which party Narayan Rane has filed his nomination?"
Sources said the Speaker's office has ordered an enquiry into the matter.
The BJP had objected to the validity of a no-dues certificate submitted by Rathwa, a former Union Minister.
However, the Congress dismissed the allegations as baseless and claimed that the returning officer accepted Rathwa's nomination papers after scrutiny today.
Rathwa alleged that the BJP had unnecessarily raised objections to his candidature to stop a tribal from going to the upper house.
Late last night, the AICC announced former revenue minister of the Arjun Singh government Rajmani Patel, who led a backwards movement in the state during the early Eighties as its candidate for the Rajya Sabha.
The Congress deployed Leader of Opposition in Assembly, Paresh Dhanani, and senior party leader Shaktisinh Gohil to put forward Rathwa's case.
G.C. Chandrashekar is presently the General Secretary of the KPCC. "There is no proper mention of criminal cases in Rathwa's affidavit".
Having enough strength in the Legislative Assembly to win three seats, BJP will have to rely on surplus votes from the Sena, other parties and independents.