SC bar on votes in the name of language hits MES

SC bar on votes in the name of language hits MES

The recent order of the Supreme Court that bars political parties and candidates from seeking votes in the name of religion, race, caste, community or language, has put the Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES) in a spot.

The pro-Maharashtra outfit has always been contesting local body and Assembly elections on the language plank. A few days ago, leaders of both MES and pro-Karnataka organisations held meetings to discuss the repercussions of the apex court verdict. While leaders of pro-Karnataka organisations were gleaming after the order, the MES leaders appeared to be a little tense and were discussing the strategy they should adopt for the next elections.

They also decided to get a legal opinion on how to take their agenda before the people.Belagavi District Kannada Organisations Action Committee president Ashok Chandargi said that now the MES cannot use language as a plank for contesting the elections.

If MES leaders make language as an election issue, one could directly approach the Election Commission of India seeking disqualification of the candidates, without going to courts.

MES leader and lawyer Ratan Masekar said that according to the provisions of the Representation of People’s Act, ‘language’ and caste cannot be used during election campaigns to seek votes. “The MES has been seeking merger of the Marathi-speaking areas of Karnataka with Maharashtra and, support of other linguistic groups to support us. We need to study the verdict before making any statements,” he said.

MES leaders, on condition of anonymity, said that they make language a plank for elections hereafter and, problems would crop up during the poll process. Words to be used during the election campaign has to be chosen cautiously, they said.


Liked the story?

  • 0

    Happy
  • 0

    Amused
  • 0

    Sad
  • 0

    Frustrated
  • 0

    Angry