The verdict by the Supreme Court that any appeal for votes on the ground of “religion, race, caste, community or language” amounted to “corrupt practice” under the election law provision was a long awaited one and should be hailed and appreciated by one and all cutting across the lines of caste, creed, class, and religion. The ‘secularism’ of the country has to be considered while dealing with such issues. Section 123(3) of the RP Act, which is being scrutinised, reads: “The appeal by a candidate or his agent or by any other person with the consent of a candidate or his election agent to vote or refrain from voting for any person on the ground of his religion, race, caste, community or language or the use of, or appeal to religious symbols or the use of, or appeal to, national symbols…, for furtherance of the prospects of the election of that candidate or for prejudicially affecting the election of any candidate” would amount to corrupt practices. There is freedom to “practice and propagate” the religion, but “can it (religion) be used for electoral purposes”.