The Supreme Court said it is for the public to decide on the post-poll alliance and not for the courts. (Photo Credit: PTI)
The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a plea challenging the post-poll alliance of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress to form government in Maharashtra. A bench of Justices N V Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna said constitutional morality is different from political morality.
“In democracy, we can’t curtail rights of political parties to align with other parties,” the bench said.
Supreme Court dismisses a petition filed by Pramod Pandit Joshi, the Spokesperson of Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha, against the post poll alliance in Maharashtra and to declare it as unconstitutional.— ANI (@ANI) November 29, 2019
The top court told the counsel appearing for Pramod Pandit Joshi of the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha, ‘Don’t expect the court to go into arena of post-poll alliances in democracy and where it has no jurisdiction”.
“Don't expect us to go into areas where the court has no jurisdiction. The political parties have to abide by the promises made. We expect parties to abide by promises but if for some reason they don't, we cannot do anything about it,” Supreme Court said while dismissing the plea.
The top court said it is for the public to decide and not for the courts.
It observed that courts cannot issue directions to a party to implement its manifesto if it does not fulfil it on coming to power.