Thursday, 30 June, 2022
TopicPolitical funding

Topic: Political funding

Electoral bonds put over Rs 1,200 cr into parties’ kitties this poll season, govt data reveals

Bonds worth more than Rs 1,500 cr were sold in 2021. Figure was over Rs 5,000 cr in 2019, when general elections were held. No party-wise figures collated, says finance ministry.

Cash-mukt Congress soon? Data shows leadership crisis is not party’s only problem since 2014

Congress had the most funding between 2004 and 2013-14. But since Modi came to power, BJP has got 400% more funding than the opposition party.

4 pleas, 15 dates and an interim order — electoral bond case hangs fire in SC for over 3 yrs

The scheme has been challenged on the ground that it legalises anonymous funding of political parties. But Centre says it’s meant to eradicate black money.

Over Rs 400 crore of donations to national parties unaccounted for, BJP worst offender: ADR

An ADR report says parties didn't provide PAN details of donors for Rs 438.96 crore over the past 5 years, in violation of a 2013 Supreme Court ruling.

Neighbourhood RWAs face greater scrutiny than political parties in democratic India

SC’s handling of CJI sexual harassment and Modi regime’s easing of norms for anonymous political funding are examples of a system upside down.

SC electoral bonds order: Some transparency or conveniently postponing the controversy?

The Supreme Court has refused to put a stay on electoral bonds and asked the political parties to submit details of funds received through bonds to EC by 30 May.

BJP government was not wise in pushing through electoral bond scheme

Electoral bond scheme in its current form is not the answer to long-standing issue of illegal donations to parties.

Congress to launch ‘Mission Rs 500 crore’ amid funds crisis in election year

To be launched on 2 October, the programme aims to raise the entire amount through booth-level contributions.

Move to amend laws like RTI ‘ill-conceived’: Former Delhi HC chief justice writes to PM

Among other laws, Justice A.P. Shah points to amendments made to Finance Act last year on political funding, says they only make the process ‘less transparent’.

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Mukesh Ambani’s daughter Isha Ambani to be named chair of Reliance retail

Isha Ambani, the current director of Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd., is expected to be announced as the chair as early as Wednesday.

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Almost 4,000 enrol for IAF’s Agnipath recruitment scheme on day 1 of online registrations

These registrations pertain to the Indian Air Force's Agniveer Vayu programme. The online portal for the first phase was opened at 10 am Friday, and will close on 5 July.

With Agnipath, Modi govt’s shock & awe doctrine may have misfired a vital reform, yet again

Modi govt's biggest flaw has been its disinclination to accept limitations of electoral majorities. This ruined land acquisition and farm reform, stalled labour codes.
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