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Religion, politics, elections and supreme court
Who do we vote for in elections. To the leader of the party, the political party, religion espoused by the leader, caste, race, creed, sex upholded by the political leader or party? This was interpreted by Supreme Court in its landmark judgment this week when a divided bench split four to three tried to decide the word “his” in Section 123(3) of the Representation of the People Act pertained to the electoral candidate or to the elector as well. Section 123(3) of the RPA says that “The appeal by a candidate or his agent or by any other person with the consent of a candidate or his election agent to vote or refrain from voting for any person on the ground of his religion, race, caste, community....” pertains to a corrupt electoral practice. The judges ruled that elections need to be kept pure from being tainted by appeals to language, religion, caste and community.

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