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Punjab Police orders withdrawal of security cover of 184 ex-ministers and former MLAs
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Punjab Police orders withdrawal of security cover of 184 ex-ministers and former MLAs

Prominent among those who stand to lose their security cover are former ministers Surjit Kumar Rakhra, Sucha Singh Chottepur, Bibi Jagir Kaur, Madan Mohan Mittal, Tota Singh, and Gulzar Singh Ranike

Arvind Kejriwal asks AAP MLAs in Punjab to work with dedication and honesty for welfare of people in the state
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Arvind Kejriwal asks AAP MLAs in Punjab to work with dedication and honesty for welfare of people in the state

The Delhi chief minister was addressing his party's newly-elected legislators of Punjab through video conferencing. It was his first interaction with them after the formation of the AAP government in the state

High Court sanction must before withdrawing cases against legislators, orders apex court
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High Court sanction must before withdrawing cases against legislators, orders apex court

The order comes in response to a 2016 PIL filed by lawyer and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay on fast-tracking criminal trials against lawmakers and banning convicted politicians from contesting polls

Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa dismisses resignation rumours, says met PM to discuss state issues
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Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa dismisses resignation rumours, says met PM to discuss state issues

Repeated open remarks by some disgruntled Karnataka BJP leaders targeting Yediyurappa had spurred rumours that the top leadership might remove him as Karnataka CM

Day after two Congress MLAs quit, yet another Grand Old Party legislator resigns ahead of Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat
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Day after two Congress MLAs quit, yet another Grand Old Party legislator resigns ahead of Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat

In a fresh jolt to the Congress ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat, its MLA Brijesh Merja on Friday resigned from the Assembly membership, becoming the third legislator of the opposition party to quit this week.

In major blow to Congress, two more party MLAs resign from Gujarat Assembly ahead of Rajya Sabha polls
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In major blow to Congress, two more party MLAs resign from Gujarat Assembly ahead of Rajya Sabha polls

In a major blow to the opposition Congress ahead of the 19 June Rajya Sabha polls for four seats from the state, two-party MLAs have resigned as members of the Legislative Assembly.

Assam Assembly Winter Session: Congress and AIUDF stage protest, shout slogans against BJP govt over CAB, NRC
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Assam Assembly Winter Session: Congress and AIUDF stage protest, shout slogans against BJP govt over CAB, NRC

As soon as the House assembled, opposition Congress and AIUDF sought to raise the two contentious issues through an adjournment motion

MLA has right to resign, does not amount to defection: Speaker of Karnataka Assembly tells Supreme Court
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MLA has right to resign, does not amount to defection: Speaker of Karnataka Assembly tells Supreme Court

The Speaker of the Karnataka Assembly told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that a lawmaker has the right to resign from his post and that the same would not amount to defection

Uttar Pradesh bears I-T burden of its MLAs with 'meagre earnings' of Rs 1.9 lakh a month; India's VVIP culture runs deeper than defunct red beacons
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Uttar Pradesh bears I-T burden of its MLAs with 'meagre earnings' of Rs 1.9 lakh a month; India's VVIP culture runs deeper than defunct red beacons

According to the affidavits filed by the candidates in the Legislative Assembly elections of Uttar Pradesh in 2017, more than 80 percent of MLAs were multi-millionaire.

Karnataka-esque political catastrophes might be an exception if a strong anti-defection law is brought in soon
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Karnataka-esque political catastrophes might be an exception if a strong anti-defection law is brought in soon

The seeds of the anti-defection law were sown much earlier — after the general elections in 1967. Back then Congress formed the government at the Centre, but its strength in Lok Sabha fell from 361 to 283 as during the year it lost control of seven state governments because the MLAs shifted their political allegiance.

Gujarat Congress to shift party MLAs to Mount Abu ahead of Rajya Sabha bypolls to 2 seats from state
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Gujarat Congress to shift party MLAs to Mount Abu ahead of Rajya Sabha bypolls to 2 seats from state

The Congress said its MLAs will chalk out a strategy for the ongoing budget session of the Assembly and denied the decision to move the MLAs to Mount Abu was linked to the bypolls.

Goa BJP chief Vinay Tendulkar claims 10 Congress MLAs keen on joining saffron party were turned away
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Goa BJP chief Vinay Tendulkar claims 10 Congress MLAs keen on joining saffron party were turned away

Goa BJP chief Vinay Tendulkar on Wednesday claimed that 10 state Congress MLAs expressed their willingness in the last fortnight join the saffron party. He said the BJP, however, refused to accept them into the party-fold as it had a comfortable majority in the Assembly.

Siddaramaiah claims Congress shifting MLAs to escape BJP 'onslaught'; Kumaraswamy says all legislators support Karnataka coalition
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Siddaramaiah claims Congress shifting MLAs to escape BJP 'onslaught'; Kumaraswamy says all legislators support Karnataka coalition

Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah on Friday said his party was shifting its MLAs to a resort to "escape" from the BJP's "onslaught."

Congress to seek explanation from four MLAs who skipped legislative party meet; Ramesh Jarkiholi, B Nagendra among absentees
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Congress to seek explanation from four MLAs who skipped legislative party meet; Ramesh Jarkiholi, B Nagendra among absentees

Congress will issue notices to four MLAs seeking an explanation from them for their absence at the Congress Legislature Party meeting here on Friday, CLP leader Siddaramaiah said.

Madhya Pradesh cabinet expansion: One Muslim, two women among 28 ministers inducted in Kamal Nath's team of ministers
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Madhya Pradesh cabinet expansion: One Muslim, two women among 28 ministers inducted in Kamal Nath's team of ministers

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath on Tuesday inducted 28 MLAs, including two women and an Independent, into his Cabinet which has a mix of old and new faces, but left out BSP and SP legislators.

Madhya Pradesh MLAs ask Rahul Gandhi to pick next CM; Congress chief to decide on name today
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Madhya Pradesh MLAs ask Rahul Gandhi to pick next CM; Congress chief to decide on name today

Newly-elected Congress MLAs in Madhya Pradesh Wednesday asked Congress president Rahul Gandhi to nominate the new legislature party leader. At a meeting in Bhopal on Wednesday evening, they unanimously passed a resolution authorising Gandhi to name the CLP leader.

SC fast tracks criminal cases against sitting and ex-MPs, MLAs in Kerala and Bihar; special courts to prioritise life term cases
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SC fast tracks criminal cases against sitting and ex-MPs, MLAs in Kerala and Bihar; special courts to prioritise life term cases

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed that special courts for trial of cases against present and former members of Parliament and legislative assemblies in Bihar and Kerala will prioritise life term cases. The two states together have 600 pending criminal cases.

Media outlets express concerns about SC judgment on disqualification of politicians facing criminal charges
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Media outlets express concerns about SC judgment on disqualification of politicians facing criminal charges

Media outlets across the country took to express their views on the Supreme Court's decision and discuss the realistic possibility of successfully implementing it.

Full text: Supreme Court judgment on disqualification of politicians facing criminal charges from contesting elections
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Full text: Supreme Court judgment on disqualification of politicians facing criminal charges from contesting elections

The Supreme Court on Tuesday left the matter of disqualification of politicians carrying criminal charges against them, to the Parliament saying that the Court cannot add to the grounds of disqualification.

Supreme Court updates: Ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls, will govt take action against criminal netas?
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Supreme Court updates: Ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls, will govt take action against criminal netas?

Supreme Court LIVE updates: The Supreme Court also seems to have placed an undue trust in the political class by expecting that legislature will enthusiastically respond to its direction of 'considering the possibility of legislating on this subject'.