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Around 26% of Gujarat MLAs in 182-member Assembly face criminal charges, over 140 are crorepatis
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Around 26% of Gujarat MLAs in 182-member Assembly face criminal charges, over 140 are crorepatis

As many as 47 members of legislative assembly (MLAs) (26 percent) of the newly elected 182-member Gujarat Assembly have declared criminal charges against them.

HDFC Bank to raise up to Rs 24,000 crore; to seek shareholders approval in EGM
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HDFC Bank to raise up to Rs 24,000 crore; to seek shareholders approval in EGM

"The board of directors of the bank, at their meeting held on 20th December, 2017, has approved raising of funds aggregating up to Rs 24,000 crore," HDFC Bank said in a BSE filing.

In Himachal Pradesh Assembly assets of re-elected MLAs grew by roughly 79%; 52 are crorepatis
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In Himachal Pradesh Assembly assets of re-elected MLAs grew by roughly 79%; 52 are crorepatis

A total of 22 MLAs have declared criminal cases against them in Himachal Pradesh, while there are 52 crorepatis among the elected representatives in 2017 polls, says a report.

In Gujarat Assembly, 47 MLAs have criminal cases; 141 are crorepatis, says ADR report
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In Gujarat Assembly, 47 MLAs have criminal cases; 141 are crorepatis, says ADR report

Besides, 12 MLAs from BJP, 17 from INC, one from Bhartiya Tribal Party, one from NCP and two independents have declared serious criminal cases against them in their affidavits.

Gujarat polls: 21% of Congress, 15% of BJP candidates contesting Phase 2 face criminal cases, claims ADR report
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Gujarat polls: 21% of Congress, 15% of BJP candidates contesting Phase 2 face criminal cases, claims ADR report

21% of the Congress candidates and 15 % of the BJP nominees for the second phase of the Gujarat assembly polls have declared "serious criminal cases against themselves"

BJP India's richest party with declared assets worth Rs 893 crore, Congress second: Report
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BJP India's richest party with declared assets worth Rs 893 crore, Congress second: Report

The value of declared assets of BJP has increased from Rs 122.93 crore in 2004-05 to Rs 893.88 crore in 2015-16 while that of Congress has risen from Rs 167.35 crore to Rs 758.79 crore, according to the NGOs Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Election Watch.

AAP raises questions over 'unknown sources' behind BJP, Congress donations in 2015-16
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AAP raises questions over 'unknown sources' behind BJP, Congress donations in 2015-16

AAP leader Sanjay Singh asked how BJP and Congress together accepted Rs 647 crore from unknown sources during 2015-16

MP local body polls: 37 booths to get hoardings with of candidates' criminal records, affidavit
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MP local body polls: 37 booths to get hoardings with of candidates' criminal records, affidavit

Voters will be able to see details like criminal records and affidavit of contestants at polling booths in the local bodies polls in Madhya Pradesh.

Nitish Kumar's new Cabinet has 22 tainted ministers, 3 more than his old govt, reveals report
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Nitish Kumar's new Cabinet has 22 tainted ministers, 3 more than his old govt, reveals report

More than three-fourths of the ministers in Bihar's new government have criminal cases against them, higher than what it was in the previous 'grand alliance' Cabinet, a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) stated

Parties spent over Rs 573 cr during 2016 Assembly polls in five states, reveals ADR report
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Parties spent over Rs 573 cr during 2016 Assembly polls in five states, reveals ADR report

The figures are cumulative for national and regional parties put together during the polls to the assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.

BJP, Congress, other parties thrive on black money, Centre's accountability promise be damned
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BJP, Congress, other parties thrive on black money, Centre's accountability promise be damned

But then BJP is not the only party that thrives on black money. Congress had made cash transactions, the life-blood of its party organisation.

Assembly polls 2016 : ADR survey shows over half the elected MLAs are crorepatis
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Assembly polls 2016 : ADR survey shows over half the elected MLAs are crorepatis

At least 428 MLAs or nearly half of all the winners in recently concluded assembly elections — in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam, West Bengal and Puducherry — are crorepatis.

Tamil Nadu polls: Jayalalithaa's assets rose by over Rs 62 crore in 5 years, says ADR survey
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Tamil Nadu polls: Jayalalithaa's assets rose by over Rs 62 crore in 5 years, says ADR survey

The average asset of 89 re-contesting MLAs in Tamil Nadu has doubled by Rs 4.27 crore between 2011 and 2016, says a survey by the ADR.

West Bengal and its 'rich' politics: 244 crorepati candidates, Trinamool tops chart with 114
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West Bengal and its 'rich' politics: 244 crorepati candidates, Trinamool tops chart with 114

There are about 244 crorepatis out of 1,961 candidates contesting the ongoing West Bengal Assembly elections, with ruling Trinamool Congress leading the list at 114, a survey said.

Jaitley’s war on black money: Can we do what Brazil has done – ban corporate funding of elections?
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Jaitley’s war on black money: Can we do what Brazil has done – ban corporate funding of elections?

Once political/election funding is made transparent and free from clutches of big corporates, the incentive for politicians to guard vested interests will cease to exist and the corporate-political nexus that generate black-money will begin to break. That’s where the government should act

Madras HC grants rapist bail for 'mediation': Why this verdict makes a bad joke out of justice
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Madras HC grants rapist bail for 'mediation': Why this verdict makes a bad joke out of justice

A Madras High Court judge granted interim bail to a rapist so that he could engage in 'mediation' with the victim. Here's why this is a mockery of justice.

Black money: Our netas are culprits and problem begins with opaque political funding
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Black money: Our netas are culprits and problem begins with opaque political funding

There is high probability that significant chunk of cash mobilised by Indian political parties for election funding and other expenditure are black money transactions

Woah! Parties spend on LS polls up by more than 400% in last decade
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Woah! Parties spend on LS polls up by more than 400% in last decade

In the last 10 years, the declared expenditure by political parties for the Lok Sabha elections grew over 400 percent, with BJP and Congress topping the charts in terms of capital mop-up, according to data analysed by the Association for Democratic Reforms.