ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Interpreting Representation of the People Act Well

Sectarian Appeals in Elections

The Supreme Court’s judgment on sectarian appeals during election campaigns interprets the Representation of the People Act, 1951 correctly and to its intended effect. The dissenting judgment conflated the substance of the appeal with the identity of the person who is making it, and did not address the scope of the case. The majority judgment’s regulation of election speech is not only necessary to ensure free and fair elections and uphold the secular ethos of the Constitution, but it is also needed to fulfil the constitutional goal of fraternity.



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Updated On : 13th Jan, 2017

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