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.
"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.
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.
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
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"
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 leader Sanjay Singh asked how BJP and Congress together accepted Rs 647 crore from unknown sources during 2015-16
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.
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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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There is high probability that significant chunk of cash mobilised by Indian political parties for election funding and other expenditure are black money transactions
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.