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.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has become richer by Rs 7 crore since 2013. While filing his nomination papers from the Chamundeshwari assembly constituency, he declared assets worth Rs 20.36 crore.
There are 48 re-contesting MLAs of the Congress who have criminal cases pending against them. A report prepared by the Association for Democratic Reforms states that In the list released by the Congress there are 48 candidates who are re-contesting with a criminal background. In the case of the BJP it is 30 while in the case of the JD(S) it is 17.
In the Karnataka Legislative Assembly there are 68 MLAs who have pending criminal cases against them. Out of this 35 MLAs have declared that they have serious criminal cases pending against them.
Out of the 229 sitting Rajya Sabha MPs analysed, 201 (88%) are crorepatis. The report was prepared by the Association for Democratic Reforms.
New Delhi: Out of the 63 candidates contesting the Rajya Sabha elections, 16 have declared criminal cases against them.