Political Party

  • Individuals cannot give advertisements against party, candidates: EC 15-04-2014 07:27 PM

    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...
  • Billionaire corporate leaders lag behind politicians in assets 10-04-2014 12:41 PM

    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...
  • Party crashers: What India's most unsuccessful political party teaches us 09-04-2014 01:16 PM

    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 04-04-2014 02:32 PM

    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...
  • Dynasty politics: Sons, daughters contesting at least 50 LS seats 01-04-2014 02:42 PM

    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,...
  • CEC holds review meeting with representatives of political parties 21-03-2014 12:02 AM

    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...
  • LS polls: 59 FIRs registered against political parties till now 11-03-2014 06:46 PM

    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 21-02-2014 10:17 AM

    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...
  • Parliament panel backs Bill to keep parties out of RTI 17-12-2013 04:51 PM

    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...
  • AAP performance surprises political parties 08-12-2013 06:02 PM

    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...
  • Political parties may face action for using abusive language: EC 29-11-2013 07:56 AM

    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...
  • Islamic religious leaders ask voters of their community to reject all political parties 25-11-2013 11:20 PM

    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...
  • 42 pc urban Indian voters undecided; Modi most searched: Google survey 08-10-2013 08:09 PM

    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...
  • Aam Aadmi Party gets Rs 12 crore as donations 30-09-2013 12:27 AM

    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...
  • SC verdict: Political parties react cautiously, CPI(M) opposes it 27-09-2013 03:02 PM

    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...
  • I-T dept seeks details of political parties for MP polls 15-09-2013 03:03 PM

    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...
  • Shinde blames political parties for Muzaffarnagar riots 11-09-2013 01:08 PM

    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...
  • Committed to amend RTI to keep political parties out of it: Kamal Nath 08-09-2013 07:50 AM

    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....
  • Defiant BJD, TMC force govt to defer RTI amendment bill 05-09-2013 09:41 PM

    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 05-09-2013 04:59 PM

    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 05-09-2013 07:58 AM

    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 22-08-2013 06:20 PM

    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...
  • Activists to move court if Parliament approves changes in RTI Act 13-08-2013 03:49 AM

    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...
  • Political parties not appointing PIOs unconstitutional: RTI activists 12-08-2013 08:17 PM

    RTI activists in Jaipur on Monday accused political parties of acting against the spirit of the Constitution by not appointing public information officers as per the order of the Central Information Commission. One of the activists, Nikil Dey, said they will take the issue among masses and would also keep...
  • RTI Amendment Bill to keep parties out of its ambit tabled in Lok Sabha 12-08-2013 02:15 PM

    New Delhi: Minister of State, PMO, V Narayansamy on Monday tabled the Right to Information (RTI) Amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha which will kepp political parties out of its ambit. The bill will be taken up for discussion in Parliament in aweek's time. All the political parties have joined...
  • RTI Amendment Bill likely to be tabled in Lok Sabha today 12-08-2013 09:05 AM

    New Delhi: The Right to Information (RTI) Amendment Bill is likely to be tabled in the Lok Sabha on Monday. All the political parties have joined hands to oppose Central Information Commission's order, which said that six major political parties including Congress, BJP, NCP, CPM, CPI and BSP are public...
  • Political party is not appointed, or elected: Manish Tewari on RTI 05-08-2013 07:15 AM

    Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari says political parties opposing the move to be brought under the Right to Information Act (RTI) are not trying to escape accountability. "It's an erroneous perception. In this particular instance even if one was to go back to the debate that led to the...
  • Delhi: AAP members detained for protesting outside PM's house against changes in RTI act 04-08-2013 02:05 PM

    New Delhi: Around 40-50 Aam Admi Party (AAP) members have been detained for protesting outside Prime Minster Manmohan Singh's house on Sunday in New Delhi. The party members were protesting against the changes in Right to Information (RTI) Act. They have been brought to Tughlak Road police station. The Cabinet...
  • Politicians forget their differences to save their skin: Pallavi Ghosh 02-08-2013 03:50 PM

    The Cabinet on Thursday cleared the proposal to keep political parties out of the ambit of the Right to Information Act (RTI). At a time when public mistrust in political leadership is running high, does this convey the right message? CNN-IBN's deputy bureau chief Pallavi Ghosh joined IBNLive readers for...
  • Cabinet clears proposal to keep political parties out of RTI Act ambit 01-08-2013 08:05 PM

    New Delhi: The Cabinet on Thursday cleared the proposal to keep political parties out of the ambit of the Right to Information Act (RTI). Following the clearance, an ordinance to amend the RTI Act will be prepared to declare that political parties are not public authorities. If the ordinance is...