Lucknow, January 31: In a bid to carry out fair and unbiased assembly election in 5 states, the Supreme Court on January 3 ordered that seeking votes on the basis of religion, caste, community, and language is illegal and can amount to corrupt practices under electoral law.
The bench of apex court said: An appeal in the name of religion, race, caste, community or language is impermissible under the R P Act, 1951 and would constitute a corrupt practice sufficient to annul the election in which such an appeal was made regardless whether the appeal was in the name of the candidate’s religion or the religion of the election agent or that of the opponent or that of the voter’s.
Following the apex court’s historic ruling, the election commission of India also warned of stern action if any of the political parties indulge in tainted practice of luring voters using the name of religion, caste or language in its election campaign.
EC defined the model code of conduct on January 4 and said in its letter “… political parties and their leaders should desist from making statements to the effect of creating disharmony between different sections of society on the basis of religion as the same disturb the peace and tranquility of the society which is absolutely essential for the free and peaceful conduct of elections.”
Setting aside the norms set by Supreme Court and election commission of India, the ruling party’s manifesto for Uttar Pradesh included controversial “Ram Temple” issue promise.
While announcing its Manifesto, BJP party president Amit Shah coherently stated that if voted to power in Uttar Pradesh, the party will work towards the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya under “constitutional ambit”.
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Shah said: The BJP repeats its stand over Ram temple. If voted to power in UP then the party will construct Ram Mandir under the constitutional ambit.
Bhartiya Janta Party included Ram Mandir as one of the key election promises in the party manifesto.
BJP under the leadership of L K Advani constructed a makeshift Ram temple in Ayodhya after demolishing Babri Masjid on 6th Dec 1992. The title suit of the mosque is pending in the court for past six decades now. Meanwhile, reports say the party is fast moving out to play Hindutva card openly as less than two weeks are left before the Phase 1 of UP polls.
As per media reports, BJP is fast using its Hindutva card ahead of UP polls.