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Guidelines sought to curtain religious, casteist, fake statement during polls

Guidelines sought to curtain religious, casteist, fake statement during polls

New Delhi: A Delhi lawyer has moved the apex court to frame guidelines to curtail the religious, casteist and fake statements during the polls. In a writ petition, advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay also sought a declaration under Article 32 of the Constitution to empower the EC to refer to the investigating agencies the complaints against the contesting candidates and political office-bearers for seeking votes on the basis of religion, race, caste, community or language. He also sought to empower the EC to reject nominations and de-register the political parties that seek votes on the basis of religion, race, caste, community or language.

He pointed out how various governments remained mum on the EC’s repeated pleas to amend the Representation of People Act to curtail the misuse of caste and religion for electoral gains. Most serious are the hate speeches and yet the govt has not taken steps to implement the 267th report of the Law Commission on the hate speeches. The petitioner has cited the speech of BSP chief Mayawati appealing to the Muslims to vote for the candidates of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance and not to Congress also, as Rahul Gandhi has repeatedly levelled shameless charge of a thief (chor) on PM Modi.

In this regard, he prayed to declare that misquoting the judicial orders and directions by the contesting candidates and political office-bearers for electoral gains as a “corrupt practice.” In another writ petition, Upadhyay has sought declaration any paid news or fake news and political ads during the last 48 hours be declared as a corrupt practice.




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