SOURCE: SATYAJEET KUMAR/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
Many political parties that come from disturbed regions have often used secessionist ideology in disguise of freedom of speech to garner votes from their core voters. it’s not uncommon to see political parties from Jammu and Kashmir or Northeastern states and even some south Indian state parties that have often demanded separation from India to form separate nations that can increase secessionist behaviors among a small section of people that can often create law and order issues in the state but also security threats to the countries integrity.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) is not empowered to deregister a political party if it violates provisions of the Constitution, which includes peddling secessionist ideology to garner votes from certain sections, and several such political parties do exist who continue to peddle narrative of the foreign countries that have gone unchallenged since ECI doesn’t have the power to punish politicians or the political parties in the country where there are over 2698 registered parties, with 7 national parties, 52 state parties, and 2638 unrecognized parties.
Electoral bonds and funds coming from unknown origins have largely gone unchecked and with political parties safeguarding each other interests by not revealing sources of their fund collections many political parties often before elections are seen peddling narratives that include breaking certain sections of India for their political benefits.
Often politicians who make provocative speeches on the country rarely go to jail and it’s even rare they face any judiciary punishment that only encourages their secessionist behaviors. ECI had the power to disqualify convicted politicians from contesting elections but has no power to deregister a political party when it peddles secessionist behavior.
ECI in 1998 wanted Central Government to amend the law and give it the authority to such deregister parties, but no law has been made by the Ministry of Law and Justice.
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