Deciphering the Status of the Electoral Bonds Scheme

As the country geared up for the State Assembly Elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam, and Puducherry recently, a new wave of political rebuttal surfaced after the Supreme Court reserved its order on a plea that demanded a stay on the sale of electoral bonds. An electoral bond is a promissory note that can be anonymously bought by any Indian citizen or company incorporated in India from select branches of the State Bank of India to be donated to any eligible political party of their choice. Since its inception in 2018, the electoral bonds scheme has stirred a debate among the transparency activists who fear the scheme to turn into a scam; only this time it would be completely legitimized. (more…)

Simultaneous Elections in India

Simultaneous Elections in India: To Be or Not to Be?

By Madalsa Jain, Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam.

Chaired by Justice B.S. Chauhan, Law Commission of India released its draft report on simultaneous elections on 30th August, 2018, which was submitted to the Law Ministry. The concept of ‘One Nation, One Election’ gave birth to the debate of simultaneous elections. The Commission analyzed the legal and constitutional gray areas with respect to the conduct of simultaneous polls. (more…)

Oath Taking Ceremony: A Mockery of the Constitution

By Rabia Mohamed Ismail Abdul Rahim, NUALS Kochi.

On the 18th day of May, 2018, B. S. Yeddyurappa was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka. What happened after is no secret. Having sworn in, Yeddyurappa was the Chief Minister on the day of the floor test. He was also the Chief Minister when he walked out while the National Anthem was being played.

Yes, undoubtedly, the provisions of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971 will apply to this situation. But I would like to analyse this situation in light of a different fact. (more…)