New Delhi, Sep 10: The total funds collected by ten political parties during Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections held in 2017 was Rs 356.78 crore and total expenditure incurred was Rs 163.73 crore.
New Delhi, Aug 7: The total amount of donations declared by Regional Parties, including both above and below Rs 20,000, was Rs 91.37 cr, from 6,339 donations.
New Delhi, July 30: There are 1,024 MPs and MLAs in the country who have declared serious criminal charges against them. Among these 64 have declared charges relating to kidnapping against themselves says a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms which has analysed the affidavits of 4,856 MPs and MLAs.
New Delhi, July 2: The MLAs from 11 states have spent 50 per cent of their expenditure limit during the state elections conducted in various states. A report by the Association for Democratic Reforms states that it had analysed the election expenditure of 4,087 out of 4,120 sitting MLAs.
Bengaluru, June 29: In the Karnataka Cabinet, 7 out of the 27 ministers have criminal cases pending against them. Karnataka Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of all 26 out of 27 Ministers including Chief Minister from Karnataka State Assembly 2018. Out of these 27 ministers, 26 are MLAs and one MLC namely Jayamala. The affidavit of Jayamala was not available at the time of making this report.
In the Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018, 83 political parties and independents were in the fray. These included, 6 national political parties, 8 state political parties and 69 registered unrecognized parties. In comparison, during the 2013 Karnataka State Assembly elections, 59 political parties were in the fray. These included, 6 national political parties, 7 state political parties and 45 registered unrecognized parties. This reflects that there has been 41% increase in the number of political parties that contested in 2018 from 2013 says a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms.
The BJP declared that it had received Rs 532 crore from 1,194 donations. The Congress on the other hand said it got from 599 donations a sum of Rs 41.90 crore. A report prepared by the Association for Democratic Reforms focused on the donations received by the National Political Parties, above Rs 20,000, during the Financial Year 2016-17.
Political parties have multiple sources of funding and thus accountability and transparency should be an important aspect of their functioning. It is essential to have comprehensive and transparent accounting methods and systems, which should reveal the true financial position of the parties.
The average assets of the re-contesting MLAs in the Karnataka assembly elections has gone up from Rs 26.92 crore in 2013 to Rs 44.24 crore in 2018. A report prepared by the Association for Democratic Reforms says that it has analysed the affidavits of 184 re-contesting MLAs.
There are 883 crorepati candidates contesting the Karnataka assembly elections 2018. Also in the fray are 391 candidates with pending criminal cases says a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms. ADR analysed the affidavits filed by 2,560 candidates.