Anti-defection law

The Anti-defection law was passed by parliament in 1985 and reinforced in 2002. The 52nd Amendment to the Constitution included the 10th Schedule which set out the procedure by which legislators may be disqualified on following grounds:

  • A member of parliament or state legislature was deemed to have defected if he either voluntarily resigned from his party or disobeyed the directives of the party leadership on a vote.
  • When a member abstains vote in the House contrary to any direction of such party.
  • If the independent members join a political party.
  • Nominated members should choose to join a party within six months. After 6 months, they were treated as an independent member or a party member.
Question for the Day on the Topic

Consider the following statements

  1. Anti-defection law was inserted via 52 amendment act.
  2. The Anti-defection law was mentioned in the 10th schedule of Indian constitution.

Choose the correct statements.

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: C

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