India Supreme Court bans election appeals using religion or caste
The Indian Supreme Court has ruled that politicians cannot use religion or caste to seek votes.
“Religion has no role in electoral process, which is a secular activity,” the judges said in their ruling.
The court said using religion or caste to seek votes amounted to corrupt practices under electoral laws.
The landmark ruling comes just weeks ahead of the crucial election in Uttar Pradesh state where the two issues generally dominate polls.
Assembly elections are also due in the states of Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur.