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Myths and lies surrounding Arvind Kejriwal's recent win

14 Feb 2020

Myths and lies surrounding Arvind Kejriwal's recent win

There are two pertinent problems with "young India" - they don't read and hence, have no patience for nuanced arguments; they are intolerant and hence, eager to put you in boxes.

Poonam Sinha is richer than husband Shatrughan, their assets reveal

01 May 2019

Poonam Sinha is richer than husband Shatrughan, their assets reveal

On Monday, Congress' Shatrughan Sinha, who is contesting from Bihar's Patna Sahib, declared his assets worth Rs. 112.22 crore. But he is still poorer as compared to his wife Poonam, who is Samajwadi Party's candidate from Lucknow.

BSP's bank balance is Rs. 670cr, highest among all parties

15 Apr 2019

BSP's bank balance is Rs. 670cr, highest among all parties

At Rs. 670 crore, Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has the highest bank balance among all parties, TOI reports.

No ban on Electoral Bonds for now: Supreme Court

12 Apr 2019

No ban on Electoral Bonds for now: Supreme Court

Passing an interim order on electoral bonds, the Supreme Court on Friday directed all political parties to give details of their funding in a sealed cover to Election Commission by May 30.

Elections 2019: 10 candidates of Odisha's poverty-stricken areas are crorepatis

08 Apr 2019

Elections 2019: 10 candidates of Odisha's poverty-stricken areas are crorepatis

Voters in four Lok Sabha constituencies, namely Koraput, Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, and Berhampur, of Odisha will cast their votes on April 11. Barring Berhampur, the other three constituencies are infamous for poverty.

#NewsBytesExclusive: Former CEC SY Quraishi on elections, EVMs, and more

05 Mar 2019

#NewsBytesExclusive: Former CEC SY Quraishi on elections, EVMs, and more

This year, the world's largest democracy, India, goes to polls to elect the 17th Lok Sabha.

National-parties received over 50% funds from 'unknown' sources in 2017-18

23 Jan 2019

National-parties received over 50% funds from 'unknown' sources in 2017-18

More than 50% of the funds national parties received during the financial year 2017-18 came from "unknown" sources that included donations through electoral bonds and voluntary contributions, according to election watchdog Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).

Report: BJP declares Rs. 1,027cr income; Congress data awaited

18 Dec 2018

Report: BJP declares Rs. 1,027cr income; Congress data awaited

According to a report by watchdog Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), the ruling BJP's income for the financial year 2017-18 was Rs. 1,027.34cr - down by around Rs. 7cr from FY2016-17.

Richest member in Chandrababu's family is his four-year-old grandson

22 Nov 2018

Richest member in Chandrababu's family is his four-year-old grandson

Nara Devansh, the grandson of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is the richest member of the family, having assets worth Rs. 18.71 crore.

Dropouts, illiterate Gujarat MLAs earn more than legislators who're graduates!

18 Sep 2018

Dropouts, illiterate Gujarat MLAs earn more than legislators who're graduates!

Gujarat MLAs who are either illiterate or have a school-level education are earning more than legislators who are graduates or possess higher degrees, says an NGO's report published yesterday.

MLAs declare average income of Rs. 24.59 lakh/year

18 Sep 2018

MLAs declare average income of Rs. 24.59 lakh/year

As per the latest report of the Association for Democratic Reforms and the National Election Watch, sitting MLAs across India have an average income of Rs. 24.59 lakh/year.

Report: BJP's income jumps 81% and Congress's dips 14%

11 Apr 2018

Report: BJP's income jumps 81% and Congress's dips 14%

An Association for Democratic Reforms report revealed that BJP's income has increased by 81% to Rs. 1,034.27cr in the last year even as the states it rules continue to grow.

Report: 87% of Rajya Sabha candidates are crorepatis

22 Mar 2018

Report: 87% of Rajya Sabha candidates are crorepatis

An Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) survey has revealed that a whopping 55 candidates (87%) of the analyzed 63 candidates contesting the Rajya Sabha elections are crorepatis.

Report: A whopping 3,816 criminal cases against 1,765 MPs, MLAs

13 Mar 2018

Report: A whopping 3,816 criminal cases against 1,765 MPs, MLAs

In a shocking reminder of the extent of criminalization in Indian politics, a whopping 3,816 criminal cases were registered against 1,765 MPs and MLAs across the country, of which 3,045 are still pending for hearing.

Samajwadi Party, AIADMK, Shiv Sena saw massive increase in assets

11 Mar 2018

Samajwadi Party, AIADMK, Shiv Sena saw massive increase in assets

Between 2011-12 and 2015-16, the Samajwadi Party's total declared assets saw a 198% increase, while the AIADMK and the Shiv Sena saw 155% and 92% increase respectively.

32 crore Aadhaar-numbers linked to voter-IDs so far: CEC Rawat

10 Mar 2018

32 crore Aadhaar-numbers linked to voter-IDs so far: CEC Rawat

As many as 32 crore Aadhaar numbers have been linked to voters' ID cards so far, said Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat.

ADR report: 11 CMs face criminal cases; Chandrababu Naidu richest

13 Feb 2018

ADR report: 11 CMs face criminal cases; Chandrababu Naidu richest

As per a new Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) report, about 35% CMs have criminal cases against them and a whopping 81% are crorepatis.

Tripura polls: BJP has maximum richest, criminal candidates, CPI(M) lowest

12 Feb 2018

Tripura polls: BJP has maximum richest, criminal candidates, CPI(M) lowest

Twenty-two election candidates out of 297 in Tripura have criminal cases against them, and 35 are crorepatis, the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said.

How education, wealth and criminality affect MPs' attendance in Parliament

31 Jan 2018

How education, wealth and criminality affect MPs' attendance in Parliament

The issue of absenteeism of MPs has plagued the Indian Parliament since years. Even well-known names including Sachin Tendulkar and Rekha have fallen prey to this disease.

SC approves 12 fast-track courts to clear cases against politicians

14 Dec 2017

SC approves 12 fast-track courts to clear cases against politicians

The Supreme Court of India has given its nod today, for setting up of 12 fast-track courts to dispose of the more than 1,000 pending cases against politicians.

12 fast-track courts to hear 1,571 pending cases against politicians

12 Dec 2017

12 fast-track courts to hear 1,571 pending cases against politicians

The Center has told the SC it has framed a policy to set up 12 special courts to quickly dispose of 1,571 pending cases against politicians.

Himachal Elections: 158 crorepati candidates, 61 with criminal cases

02 Nov 2017

Himachal Elections: 158 crorepati candidates, 61 with criminal cases

Of the 338 candidates in the fray for the Himachal polls 2017, 158 are crorepatis and 61 have criminal cases against them.

Supreme Court asked to ban convicted politicians from contesting elections

01 Nov 2017

Supreme Court asked to ban convicted politicians from contesting elections

In an attempt to decriminalize Indian politics, the Election Commission has asked the Supreme Court to ban convicted parliamentarians and MLAs from contesting elections.

DMK richest regional party with Rs. 78cr, AIADMK comes second

29 Oct 2017

DMK richest regional party with Rs. 78cr, AIADMK comes second

The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) analyzed the income and expenditure of 32 regional parties for the financial year 2015-16.

Few hours after Kejriwal's appeal, AAP gets Rs. 18L donation

18 Oct 2017

Few hours after Kejriwal's appeal, AAP gets Rs. 18L donation

After Arvind Kejriwal appealed for donations "to help keep the idea of a clean alternate politics alive," the Aam Aadmi party received Rs. 18L donation within some hours.

BJP wealthiest party with Rs. 894cr, Congress has Rs. 759cr

17 Oct 2017

BJP wealthiest party with Rs. 894cr, Congress has Rs. 759cr

As per an Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) report, BJP is the richest among all national parties as it has declared assets worth Rs. 894cr for 2015-16; Congress is a close second with Rs. 759cr.

CBDT: Huge increase in assets of 98 MLAs, 7 MPs

12 Sep 2017

CBDT: Huge increase in assets of 98 MLAs, 7 MPs

Reviewing the list submitted by an NGO regarding the asset hikes of certain MLAs and MPs, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) found a substantial hike in the assets of seven Lok Sabha MPs and 98 MLAs.

Criminals entering politics: Has it become normal?

01 Sep 2017

Criminals entering politics: Has it become normal?

As per the report from the Association of Democratic Reforms, 51 MPs and MLAs have been accused of crimes against women, which include alleged rape and abduction.

Report: BJP secured 74% of corporate funding to political parties

18 Aug 2017

Report: BJP secured 74% of corporate funding to political parties

The BJP party received a whopping 73.8% of the Rs. 956.8 crore funds corporate houses donated to five national parties over four years, according to a report by the Delhi-based non-profit Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).

76% of Nitish's cabinet face criminal charges: Better than before?

03 Aug 2017

76% of Nitish's cabinet face criminal charges: Better than before?

Last week, Nitish Kumar was sworn in as the Bihar chief minister for the sixth time. With a new JD(U)-BJP government, comes a new cabinet.

Bal Gangadhar Tilak's great grandson booked for rape, unnatural sex

18 Jul 2017

Bal Gangadhar Tilak's great grandson booked for rape, unnatural sex

Congress leader Rohit Tilak, great grandson of Bal Gangadhar Tilak, has been booked for allegedly raping a woman and forcing her into "unnatural sex".

Electing President: 33% of the electoral college has criminal cases

15 Jul 2017

Electing President: 33% of the electoral college has criminal cases

An analysis of the electoral college by the Association for Democratic Reforms revealed that amongst those who will be electing our President 33% have criminal cases against them.

2 Delhi students stand among top 3 in JEE-Mains 2017

28 Apr 2017

2 Delhi students stand among top 3 in JEE-Mains 2017

The results of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main were declared by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thursday.

Delhi to get driverless metro trains from June

19 Apr 2017

Delhi to get driverless metro trains from June

The Delhi Metro Rail Corproation (DMRC) is expected to wrap up its work on the Noida and Kalkaji section of Phase-III by May.

EC seeks lifetime ban on convicted politicians

21 Mar 2017

EC seeks lifetime ban on convicted politicians

In an attempt to decriminalize politics, the Election Commission has approached the Supreme Court seeking a ban on convicted politicians from contesting elections.

UP: 1 in 4 MLAs facing criminal charges

12 Mar 2017

UP: 1 in 4 MLAs facing criminal charges

Data has revealed that one out of every four MLAs voted to power in UP are facing serious criminal charges. Data showed that of the 403 MLAs voted to power, 103 face criminal cases against them.

UP Polls: BSP's Ayodhya candidate booked for rape

05 Mar 2017

UP Polls: BSP's Ayodhya candidate booked for rape

The BSP's Ayodhya candidate, Bazmi Siddiqui has been booked by police along with 6 of his aides for raping a woman in Faizabad city.

UP Polls: Mukhtar Ansari's parole cancelled

27 Feb 2017

UP Polls: Mukhtar Ansari's parole cancelled

The Delhi High court cancelled MLA Mukhtar Ansari's parole, granted to him by a trial court, allowing him to campaign for the elections.

PM invoking communalism, EC should examine remarks: Congress

20 Feb 2017

PM invoking communalism, EC should examine remarks: Congress

Congress has asked the Election Commission to look into PM Narendra Modi's 'communal' remarks, saying such comments bring 'disrepute' to his post.

Candidate gets brother killed for sympathy votes in UP election

09 Feb 2017

Candidate gets brother killed for sympathy votes in UP election

Police have arrested Manoj Gautam, the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) candidate from Khurja, Bulandshahr district, UP, for allegedly killing his brother Vinod "for electoral gains."