02 January, New Delhi
The Supreme Court has ruled that no politician can seek vote in the name of caste, creed or religion. The court’s verdict came while it was hearing several petitions in the Hindutva case Monday.
A seven-judge constitution bench, in a majority verdict, said any appeal for votes on the ground of religion amounts to corrupt practices under electoral laws. It said, the relationship between man and God is an individual choice and state is forbidden to interfere in such an activity.
The court further said, election is a secular exercise and its way and process should be followed. It said, secular ethos of the constitution must be upheld. The court said, a candidate will be disqualified if he or she was found violating the order.