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Religion and electoral malpractice in democracy
The Supreme Court has recently given a verdict on electoral malpractice of using religion as a tool of election campaigning dividing the electorate on communal lines. The electoral campaigns can be challenged on using identity politics to appeal and divide electorate. In a 4:3 majority verdict of the Indian Supreme Court, the judiciary has attempted to interpret Section 123(3) of the Representation of the People Act of 1951, which penalizes “the appeal… to vote or refrain from voting for any person on the ground of his religion, race, caste, community or language” as a corrupt practice in an election and infer on sectarian political discourse in Indian democracy.

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