The Supreme Court has said that seeking votes in the name of religion is against the Constitution. The judgement by a 7-judge bench says that an appeal to voters on the grounds of Caste, Creed and Religion is Impermissible. It was a split decision. The outgoing Chief Justice of India TS Thakur, supported by Justice Sharad Bobde, Justice Madan Lokur and Justice Rao were against political parties seeking votes on the basis of religion. Three judges gave a dissenting note. They are– Justice UU Lalit, Justice Adarsh Goel and Justice DY Chandrachud.
After today’s order, if any candidate or party tries to garner votes in the name of religion, it would attract provisions of the Representation of People’s Act.