The Supreme Court while dismissing the petition of a Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha leader challenging the post-poll alliance in Maharashtra today, held that the court cannot impose restrictions on alliances between political parties in a democracy.
The Supreme Court bench held that we are least bothered about a pre-poll or post-poll alliance. “We do not want to get into all this,” the bench said.
The bench also observed that it is for the political parties to decide who they want to ally with and it is for the people to judge a party for its allies and its performance.
The petitioner argued that the post-poll alliance in Maharashtra was between parties that contested elections against each other. The alliance was manufactured to defeat the mandate of the people in the state who had voted in favour of BJP considering their manifesto as decided by the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance.
The Bench while dismissing the petition held that it doesn’t want to set the wrong precedent by adjudicating on a matter which is beyond its jurisdiction.
Justice Ramana said, “Constitutional morality is different from political morality. In democracy we can’t curtail parties to form alliances.”
“Don’t expect the court to go into areas where it has no jurisdiction. It’s for public to decide and not for the Courts,” Justice Raman added.