India has always had a wild side to its politics. In every election there are numerous MPs with criminal records. These men and women control local politics with disregard for the law, modern democracy—which they pervert and thrive—and even their own parties. Sholay will profile the stories of such MPs whose stories rival crime thrillers, and through them explain the politics of an area.

FIR against Bisen for brandishing sword

An FIR has been registered against BJP leader and Madhya Pradesh Public Health Engineering (PHE) minister Gaurishankar Bisen for brandishing a sword during the Ramnavmi festival on April 3.

Four criminal-politicians out of election fray, thanks to courts

They are notorious faces. But for the first time in many years, four criminals-turned-politicians from Bihar will be unable to contest the Lok Sabha elections. The electoral laws have finally caught up with them.

Opposition to use match-fixing scandal against Azhar

The match-fixing scandal is set to haunt the former skipper and Congress candidate from Moradabad, Mohammed Azharrudin, with opposition parties planning to rake up the issue in the run upto the polls.

Voters in erosion-hit coastal villages to boycott poll

Upset over drawing a blank in their fight against government red-tape, voters in sea erosion-hit villages in Orissa’s Kendrapara district have resolved to boycott the coming Assembly and Lok Sabha poll.

Gawli opts out of poll, to support Milind Deora

In a move that surprised many, mafia don-turned-politician Arun Gawli on Tuesday opted out of the contest for Mumbai South Lok Sabha constituency and will now support Congress' Milind Deora. 

Achuthanandan refuses to share dais with PDP

Though PDP chief Abdul Nasir Maudany shared the dais with senior CPI-M state leaders last month, Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan on Tuesday refused to share the stage with any PDP leader.

Young officer's suicide hits Mayawati government

A young Uttar Pradesh official's suicide due to alleged demands for bribes by his superiors is threatening to become an election campaign issue and has also refreshed public memory about the lynching of a government engineer in January in similar circumstances.

Four-cornered contest in Faizabad

A keen four-cornered contest is in the offing between the member of an erstwhile royal family, an outgoing MP with several cases of murder against him, a five-time MLA and a candidate who last won 25 years ago in Faizabad parliamentary constituency.

Match fixing scandal not poll issue: Azharuddin

With rival parties raking up the match-fixing scandal against him, former Indian skipper and Congress candidate from here Mohammed Azharuddin today asserted that it was “not an issue” in the polls.

Cong should refrain from rubbing salt on people’s wounds: BJP

BJP on Wednesday termed the shoe-hurling at Home Minister P Chidambaram as “unfortunate,” and said it was a clear message for Congress that it “failed” to deliver justice to anti-Sikh riot victims and should “refrain from rubbing salt on people’s wounds.”

Lok Janshakti Party MP Surajbhan questioned in murder case

Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) MP Surajbhan Singh was detained today for his alleged involvement in a murder case, police said.

34 candidates in AP LS polls face criminal charges: Report

As many as 34 out of the 315 candidates contesting in the first phase of Parliament elections for 22 constituencies in Andhra Pradesh face criminal charges, many of them very serious, while 64 contestants declared their assets worth more than Rs. one crore each, an election monitoring organisation said in Hyderabad.

Pappu’s mother to contest from Purnia with Cong support

Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav claimed that the Congress has extended its support to his mother Shanti Priya, an independent candidate from Purnia parliamentary constituency.

Bloodbath in TN if Prabhakaran harmed: Vaiko

The MDMK let out a war cry over the continuing plight of Sri Lankan Tamils in the island nation, with its leader Vaiko warning of a “bloodbath” in Tamil Nadu if “something” happens to LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran. M R Venkatesh reports.

‘Periodical tamasha by Akalis’

A day before a Special Court judge is to decide on whether to accept the CBI’s closure report in Congress candidate Jagdish Tytler’s involvement in the 1984 Sikh riots case, he told Hindustan Times that the controversy is premeditated by the Akalis to sabotage his political career.
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