- GS-2: Indian Constitution—Historical Underpinnings, Evolution, Features, Amendments, Significant Provisions and Basic Structure.
Context: With Maharashtra coalition government facing danger of dissolution due to defection of MLAs from ruling political party, the question of anti-defection law has come to the spotlight.
- What has now become a standard operating procedure is that several MLAs from the treasury benches resigns, lowering the numbers required for a no-confidence motion to succeed. This formula has been replicated in multiple states on several occasions.
- The anti-defection law was included in the Constitution as the Tenth Schedule in 1985 through the 52nd Amendment to the Constitution to combat the “evil of political defections”.
Mains Practice Question – Has the tenth schedule been able to ensure political stability? Critically examine.
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