Political Parties

  • Political parties should deposit funds in banks: EC August 29, 2014

    New Delhi: The Election Commission on Friday virtually made it mandatory for political parties to deposit their funds in banks and not to exceed ceiling limits in financial assistance for candidates to ensure transparency and accountability. The Election Commission order in this regard under Article 324 of the Constitution (superintendence, direction...
  • Youth wing of political parties join hands with aspirants to protest against CSAT August 16, 2014

    New Delhi: As the Union Public Service Commission examination row rocked Parliament with leaders protesting against the changed format keeping in view the interest of their states' aspirants, the youth wing of various political parties has been actively participating in the protest on the ground. Members of National Students' Union of...
  • All political parties rock Bihar Assembly, protest against Dhankar's controversial remarks July 8, 2014

    Bihar Assembly witnessed ruckus for the second consecutive day on Tuesday with members of all major parties trooping into the well on separate issues forcing adjournment of the House till recess. Right from the word go, the House saw members of JD(U), RJD, Congress and BJP rushing to the well to...
  • Hindi row: Government issues clarification after uproar by political parties June 20, 2014

    The Ministry of Home Affairs' directive that Hindi be used in all official social media posts has sparked a row. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi's comment showed a dislike towards the English speaking classes. Thus, leading many to believe the focus was somewhere else. There were extensive protests from the...
  • Rich political parties of taking control of media houses: Mamata Banerjee May 12, 2014

    Kolkata: Trinamool Congress president Mamata Banerjee on Monday questioned the role of a section of media and accused "cash loaded" political parties of have taking control of media houses to serve their narrow political interests. Alleging that the run up to the Lok Sabha elections has manifested an alarming role...
  • Individuals cannot give advertisements against party, candidates: EC April 15, 2014

    A person not associated with a political party or not contesting elections is barred from giving advertisements on TV and radio against any party as it would indirectly benefit its political rivals. The Election Commission on Tuesday cited its 2004 order saying that advertisements by a person other than a political...
  • Billionaire corporate leaders lag behind politicians in assets April 10, 2014

    Lok Sabha candidates with corporate background, such as Nandan Nilekani and Meera Sanyal, may rank much above their political rivals on wealth charts, but many others from India Inc who are contesting polls lag behind 'netas' in accumulating assets. Nilekani, former chief of Infosys, figures among the richest in fray for...
  • Party crashers: What India's most unsuccessful political party teaches us April 9, 2014

    The Aam Admi Party's meteoric rise to prominence in the past few months has made it a major topic of discussion this electoral season. Traditionally, however, it has not been easy for India's political parties to establish an electoral presence nationally. Barring the Congress and the BJP, most other parties...
  • Indian political party election symbols from 1951: When Congress had bullocks and the hand was Forward Bloc's April 4, 2014

    Before the elections to India's first Lok Sabha, back in 1951, the Election Commission of India (as it still does) released a list of approved elections symbols for different political parties.These 14 political party election symbols symbols are indicative of how much Indian politics has changed over the last six...
  • A billion votes: Should parties act against leaders for hate speeches? April 2, 2014

    With Lok Sabha elections round the corner, the candidates are calling each other with different names and the Indian politics hitting an all time low. Congress leader Beni Prasad Verma called BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi a RSS goon and SP leader Azam Khan has called him a dog's...
  • Dynasty politics: Sons, daughters contesting at least 50 LS seats April 1, 2014

    From President Pranab Mukherjee's son Abhijit to Rahul and Varun Gandhi, at least 50 parliamentary constituencies will be contested by 'sons and daughters' of politicians of various parties during the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Of these, a majority of candidates have been fielded from the ruling Congress party. Abhijit Mukherjee, a...
  • CEC holds review meeting with representatives of political parties March 21, 2014

    Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampat held a review meeting with representatives of different political parties in Lucknow on Thursday. Sampat along with other members of the commission arrived here today on a two-day visit to review preparations for the Lok Sabha elections, according to an official release. On the first day...
  • LS polls: 59 FIRs registered against political parties till now March 11, 2014

    New Delhi: In the run up to the Lok Sabha polls, a total of 59 FIRs have been registered against political parties for violating Model Code of Conduct (MCC) till Tuesday. Interestingly except for one FIR against Congress, no complaints of MCC violations have been received against the other two...
  • Protests at parties' offices to get Disability Rights Bill passed February 21, 2014

    New Delhi: On the last day of the extended winter session of Parliament, various disability groups are protesting outside the offices of political parties urging them to pass the Disability Rights Bill. Activists have met key political leaders across the spectrum, who have reportedly pledged support. Suvarna, 26-year-old, wants to be...
  • Parliament panel backs Bill to keep parties out of RTI December 17, 2013

    New Delhi: A parliamentary panel on Tuesday supported passage of a Bill which seeks to keep political parties out of the ambit of the RTI Act and negate a Central Information Commission (CIC) order to that effect under the transparency law. "The committee considers the proposed amendment is a right step...
  • AAP performance surprises political parties December 8, 2013

    Leaders cutting across party lines expressed surprise at the Aam Aadmi Party's spectacular electoral debut in Delhi, leading in 26 of the total 70 constituencies in the city-state. "Did not expect AAP to perform so well," Bharatiya Janata Party's leader Nitin Gadkari told mediapersons. His fellow party member and BJP spokesperson Ravi...
  • Political parties may face action for using abusive language: EC November 29, 2013

    New Delhi: Taking serious note of the "plummeting" levels of political discourse during the ongoing Assembly polls in five states, the Election Commission has put all parties on notice and warned of action for repeated use of "intemperate and abusive" language while campaigning. "The Commission desires to put all political parties...
  • Islamic religious leaders ask voters of their community to reject all political parties November 25, 2013

    Muslim religious leaders on Monday told Muslim voters to reject all political parties in the ongoing assembly elections, accusing politicians of using the community as a vote bank. "We appeal to Muslims not to vote for the so-called secular parties and exercise the 'NOTA' option to express their anger and anguish...
  • The Last Word: Is transparency in political parties' funding critical? November 13, 2013

    The reports of funding of the Aam Aadmi Party has drawn everyone's attention as the party have been able to collect around Rs 20 crore and most of them being foreign funds. The party claims that the funding is done by NRI's with Indian passport. CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar discussed the...
  • 42 pc urban Indian voters undecided; Modi most searched: Google survey October 8, 2013

    New Delhi: The countdown to the upcoming 2014 Lok Sabha Elections has begun, and a survey named 'Urban Indian Voters' conducted by Google India revealed that 42 per cent of the urban Indian registered voters are still undecided about whom to vote for in the upcoming elections. The study found that...
  • Aam Aadmi Party gets Rs 12 crore as donations September 30, 2013

    New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has claimed to have received donations ranging from Rs 10 to lakhs from rickshaw pullers to traders to NRIs to help it fight the Delhi assembly polls and bring a ‘corruption-free’ administration. It said it has so far received over Rs 12 crore...
  • SC verdict: Political parties react cautiously, CPI(M) opposes it September 27, 2013

    New Delhi: Political parties on Friday reacted cautiously to a Supreme Court verdict holding that citizens have the right to reject candidates contesting polls with CPI (M) saying that the judgement has led to an "abnormal situation" that needs to be corrected. Congress General Secretary Ajay Maken said the judgement needs...
  • I-T dept seeks details of political parties for MP polls September 15, 2013

    Political parties in Madhya Pradesh contesting the Assembly elections will have to submit details of their expenses before the polls. Assembly elections in the state are slated to be held around year end. According to official information, the Income Tax Department has asked for a list of political parties that will...
  • Shinde blames political parties for Muzaffarnagar riots September 11, 2013

    New Delhi: Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Wednesday blamed political parties for the violence in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh as death toll has risen to 48. He said the Home Ministry had alerted 11 states of a possible violence. "I won't blame the UP government. These incidents happen without...
  • Committed to amend RTI to keep political parties out of it: Kamal Nath September 8, 2013

    The government is committed to passing the amendment to the RTI Bill, which will keep political parties out of its ambit. Speaking to CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said the Bill will be brought back once it comes back from the Standing Committee. Here...
  • Defiant BJD, TMC force govt to defer RTI amendment bill September 5, 2013

    New Delhi: Under pressure from social activists and few political parties, the government was forced to defer the RTI amendment bill keeping political parties outside the ambit of the RTI but announced plans to bring it back in winter session of Parliament. "To say politics is a public office is...
  • Govt defers RTI Amendment Bill due to lack of consensus September 5, 2013

    New Delhi: The government on Thursday deferred the Right to Information (RTI) Amendment Bill due to lack of consensus among political parties. The amended bill will be send to the Parliamentary Standing Committee. Once the Standing Committee clears the amended bill, it will likely come for debate in Parliament in...
  • Bill to keep political parties out of RTI ambit likely to be discussed in Lok Sabha today September 5, 2013

    New Delhi: The Right to Information Amendment Bill is likely to come up in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. The Bill is aimed at keeping political parties out of the RTI ambit. In June this year, the Chief Information Commissioner's office had passed an order saying political parties should come...
  • Refer RTI amendment Bill to select committee: MP to LS Speaker August 22, 2013

    Amid growing clamour from civil society against government's move to amend RTI Act to exempt political parties, a member of Parliament has written to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar to refer the proposed legislation to an appropriate standing committee for detailed deliberations. The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2013, which provides...
  • Activists to move court if Parliament approves changes in RTI Act August 13, 2013

    Activists working to promote Right to Information (RTI) Act on Monday said they will move court if Parliament gives its nod to amendments in the transparency law aimed at providing immunity to political parties from providing information. A bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday to keep political...