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Advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay files PIL to make Poll Bribery a Cognizable Offence

Lawstreet Journal 7 Jul 2021 1:15am

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay files PIL to make Poll Bribery a Cognizable Offence

India has the distinction of being the largest democracy in the world. Elections are the most important and integral part of politics in a democratic system of governance. While politics is the art and practice of dealing with political power, the election is a process of legitimizing such power. Democracy and free and fair elections are inseparable twins. Democracy can indeed function only upon this faith that elections are free and fair and not rigged and manipulated. Elections at present, however, are not being held in ideal conditions because of the enormous amount of money required to be spent and the large muscle power needed for winning the elections. 

The election process in our country is the progenitor of political corruption. The major defects which come in the path of the electoral system in India are money power, muscle power, criminalization of politics, poll violence, booth capturing, communalism, casteism, non-serious and independent candidates, etc. 

Electioneering is an expensive affair in every democratic polity which plays a more vital role in India. Money power plays a destructive role in our electoral system, affecting seriously the working of periodic elections. It leads to all-around corruption and contributes mainly to the generation of black money. The adoption of a mixed economy with a large amount of control, regulation, licenses, permits, and quotas in free India provided enormous opportunities for political corruption and resulted in an unethical nexus between the electoral politics and the business sector of the country. This nexus seems to… Continue Reading...

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