Sunday, January 01, 2017

Political parties cannot use religion, caste and language to seek votes, rules SC

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court said on Monday that political parties can't seek votes in the name of religion, race, caste, community or language.
A seven-judge Constitution bench of the SC by majority held the decision saying mixing state with religion is not constitutionally permissible and secular ethos underlined in the constitution has to be maintained.
The bench, headed by chief justice TS Thakur, ruled that elections are essentially a secular activity.
The verdict could have a massive impact on the crucial assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.