Communist Party of India (CPI) MP Binoy Viswam has filed an application in the Supreme Court on a petition seeking removal of the words socialism and secularism from the Preamble of the Constitution. In his application, the CPI MP has said that the petitions seeking removal of the words socialist and secular from the Preamble of the Constitution enable political parties to seek votes in the name of religion.
On a pending petition filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former MP Subramanian Swamy, a member of the CPI National Executive Committee said, “The challenge here is implicitly coded for the 42nd Amendment.” However, the sole purpose of this petition is to enable a political party to seek votes in the name of religion.’
Demand to remove the word socialism and secular
Swamy’s petition has sought an order from the court to remove the words socialism and secularism introduced in the Preamble to the Constitution by the Constitution (42nd Amendment) Act, 1976. Along with this, the petition has also sought direction to repeal sub-section 5 of section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. In which it has been said that any political party needs to have allegiance to the principles of socialism, secularism and democracy.
reference to the electoral process
Seeking to intervene in the matter, MP Viswam in his application filed through advocate Sriram Parakat said, “Every party is contesting the elections and demanding a common symbol for all its candidates.” While making such an application, the Sangh or body has to affirm its faith and allegiance to the principles of socialism, secularism and democracy among others.
Basic Features of the Constitution
Vishwam in his application has said that secularism and socialism are inherent and basic features of the Constitution. The intention of the petitioner is to have a free reign over Indian politics, leaving behind secularism and socialism. He urged the court to curb such tendency to rewrite the constitutional ethos of the nation.
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