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Jharkhand Chief Ministers Raghubar Das greets a gathering during an election campaign rally for assembly elections, at Chakradharpur in West Singhbhum district, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019.(PTI)

Jharkhand Assembly Election 2019: CM Raghubar Das ‘poorest’ among key Jamshedpur East seat candidates

By Sanjoy Dey | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2019 06:37 AM IST
Jamshedpur East goes to polls in the second phase of Jharkhand assembly election on December 7. Chief Minister Raghubar Das has declared his total assets worth Rs 85,08,981, an increase of Rs12,36,925 from the assets he had declared five years back.
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Expressing concern over the growing number of politicians with criminal antecedents, Major General (retired) Anil Varma of the association said 159 (29%) new MPs have serious criminal cases related to rape, murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, crime against women against them.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Expressing concern over the growing number of politicians with criminal antecedents, Major General (retired) Anil Varma of the association said 159 (29%) new MPs have serious criminal cases related to rape, murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, crime against women against them.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

New Lok Sabha sees 9% rise in number of MPs with criminal charges

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON MAY 26, 2019 10:14 AM IST
Of the total winners in 2019, 233 parliamentarians (43%) have declared criminal cases against them as compared to 185 (34%) in the Lok Sabha elected in 2014 and 162 (30 per cent) in 2009, say the findings based on the scrutiny of affidavits of 539 MPs.
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: What assets, occupations of political hopefuls tell us

By Gilles Verniers and Priyamvada Trivedi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2019 06:38 AM IST
The data is extracted by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and merged with Trivedi Centre for Political Data’s (TCPD) own candidates’ data set.
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“If campaigns must be self-financed, then candidates may view contesting elections as an investment rather than a sunk cost, leading to greater levels of corruption in office as legislators try to recoup the costs of contesting elections.”(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)
“If campaigns must be self-financed, then candidates may view contesting elections as an investment rather than a sunk cost, leading to greater levels of corruption in office as legislators try to recoup the costs of contesting elections.”(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)

How representative are our representatives?

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2019 10:24 PM IST
According to the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), nearly a fifth or 19% of the close to 8,000 candidates contesting the 2019 polls have criminal cases pending against them, while 29% have assets worth Rs 1 crore or more. Candidates are also far richer than the voters they represent. For example, 50% candidates contesting the 2019 elections own net assets worth less than Rs 23.1 lakh.
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Jharkhand’s four constituencies – Koderma, Ranchi, Khunti (ST) and Hazaribag – will go to polls on May 6.(HT Photo)
Jharkhand’s four constituencies – Koderma, Ranchi, Khunti (ST) and Hazaribag – will go to polls on May 6.(HT Photo)

Jayant richest 5th phase poll candidate in Jharkhand, 3rd in India

By Sanjoy Dey | Hindustan Times, RANCHI
PUBLISHED ON MAY 02, 2019 03:03 PM IST
Of the 61 contestants in Jharkhand’s four Lok Sabha constituencies, 14 are crorepati candidates. Thirteen candidates face criminal charges and nine of them face serious criminal cases, the ADR analysis says.
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Jharkhand Pradesh Mahila Congress workers campaign for their candidate Subodh Kant Sahay from Ranchi constituency for upcoming lok sabha election campaign 2019.(ANI)
Jharkhand Pradesh Mahila Congress workers campaign for their candidate Subodh Kant Sahay from Ranchi constituency for upcoming lok sabha election campaign 2019.(ANI)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Jobs, health care top priorities for Jharkhand voters, reveals survey

By Sanjoy Dey | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
PUBLISHED ON APR 26, 2019 04:07 PM IST
The ADR survey revealed that 47.08% of the total surveyed voters in Jharkhand said better employment opportunities were their top priority in the Lok Sabha elections.
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Jodhpur: Artisans paint drums with party symbols ahead of Lok Sabha election 2019 in Jodhpur, Friday, March 15, 2019.(PTI)
Jodhpur: Artisans paint drums with party symbols ahead of Lok Sabha election 2019 in Jodhpur, Friday, March 15, 2019.(PTI)

Job opportunities top priority of voters in Rajasthan: Survey

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
PUBLISHED ON APR 26, 2019 03:13 PM IST
The three main objectives of this survey were to identify voters’ priorities on specific governance issues, voters’ ratings of the government’s performance on those issues and factors affecting voting behaviour.
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Social worker Chandrashekhar Goud shared the data received from State Bank of India (SBI) through an RTI query.(AFP FILE PHOTO)
Social worker Chandrashekhar Goud shared the data received from State Bank of India (SBI) through an RTI query.(AFP FILE PHOTO)

Parties got 99.8 % donations through electoral bonds of Rs 10 lakh, Rs 1 crore donations: RTI plea

By Press Trust of India | Indore
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2019 07:44 PM IST
Donors purchased bonds worth Rs 1,407.09 crore of which Rs 1,403.90 crore were in the highest denominations of Rs ten lakh and Rs one crore during the period
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Activists holds portraits of 20th century social reformer BR Ambedkar during a protest in Kolkata.(AFP File Photo)
Activists holds portraits of 20th century social reformer BR Ambedkar during a protest in Kolkata.(AFP File Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Why caste trumps class in political strategy

By Roshan Kishore and Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2019 08:56 AM IST
. According to the NFHS, the population share of upper castes, OBCs, SCs and STs in India is 24%, 45%, 21% and 9%, respectively.
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People walk past the Election Commission of India office building in New Delhi.(REUTERS)
People walk past the Election Commission of India office building in New Delhi.(REUTERS)

Electoral bonds have brought in transparency, says Centre’s affidavit

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2019 11:57 PM IST
Electoral bonds were introduced in January 2018 after changes to the Finance Act 2017 and related amendments to the Income Tax Act, the Reserve Bank of India Act, and the Representation of People Act. Even foreign companies can buy electoral bonds.
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The Odisha Survey shows that drinking water (44.05 per cent), better employment opportunities (41.95 per cent) and better roads (37.30 per cent) are the top three voter priorities in the state.(HT FILE PHOTO)
The Odisha Survey shows that drinking water (44.05 per cent), better employment opportunities (41.95 per cent) and better roads (37.30 per cent) are the top three voter priorities in the state.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Odisha government has performed ‘below average’, says election watchdog

By Debabrata Mohanty | Bhubaneshwar
UPDATED ON APR 02, 2019 10:01 PM IST
The survey commissioned by ADR and conducted between October 2018 and December 2018, covered approximately 10,500 respondents across all 21 parliamentary constituencies of Odisha.
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The ECI expects at least seven lakh more to be admitted to the electoral list before the elections. The process of registering new voters in Maharashtra will be on till March 30.(HT File / Representational Photo)
The ECI expects at least seven lakh more to be admitted to the electoral list before the elections. The process of registering new voters in Maharashtra will be on till March 30.(HT File / Representational Photo)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019:Over 20 lakh first-time voters in Maharashtra not yet registered

By Surendra P Gangan | Hindustan Times, Mumbai, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAR 22, 2019 11:21 AM IST
Election Commission officials suspect a level of apathy among first-time voters, but some who have tried to register online have complained of facing technical problems.
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Election watchdog Association for Democratic Reforms on Wednesday released a report on donations above Rs 20,000 received by national political parties for 2017-18.(Bloomberg Photo)
Election watchdog Association for Democratic Reforms on Wednesday released a report on donations above Rs 20,000 received by national political parties for 2017-18.(Bloomberg Photo)

BJP far ahead with 437cr in donations, says report

By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2019 07:12 AM IST
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has declared having received Rs 437 crore in donations above Rs 20,000 in 2017-18.
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Among the richest MLAs who have declared their total assets in I-T returns are Congress leaders Parasram Mordia (Rs 172 crore) and Udai Lal Anjana (Rs 107 crore), and Ramkesh Meena (Rs 39 crore), an Independent.(PTI/File Photo)
Among the richest MLAs who have declared their total assets in I-T returns are Congress leaders Parasram Mordia (Rs 172 crore) and Udai Lal Anjana (Rs 107 crore), and Ramkesh Meena (Rs 39 crore), an Independent.(PTI/File Photo)

158 out of 199 newly elected MLAs in Rajasthan are crorepatis: ADR report

By Press Trust of India | Jaipur
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2018 06:47 PM IST
A total of 82 out of 99 MLAs from the Congress, 58 of 73 MLAs from the BJP, 11 of 13 Independent MLAs and five of six BSP MLAs have declared their assets worth over Rs 1 crore, as per the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) report.
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Mizo National Front (MNF) workers hold up party flag as they celebrate the party's victory in the Assembly elections, in Aizawl on December 11.(PTI Photo)
Mizo National Front (MNF) workers hold up party flag as they celebrate the party's victory in the Assembly elections, in Aizawl on December 11.(PTI Photo)

36 out of 40 MLAs in Mizoram are crorepatis: ADR

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2018 07:14 AM IST
The maximum 22 crorepati MLAs are from Mizo National Front, which has won the majority with 26 seats as per the election results announced on Tuesday, Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said in its report.
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Police personnel conduct a march in front of Hawa Mahal ahead of Rajasthan Assembly elections in Jaipur on Thursday.(PTI file photo)
Police personnel conduct a march in front of Hawa Mahal ahead of Rajasthan Assembly elections in Jaipur on Thursday.(PTI file photo)

Candidates with criminal cases go up in Rajasthan polls this time: Report

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2018 06:17 PM IST
As many as 320 candidates out of the 2,188 affidavits analysed have declared criminal cases while 195 (or 9%) have declared serious criminal cases registered against themselves.
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Mizoram elections 2018: Chief Minister of Mizoram Lal Thanhawla(PTI File Photo)
Mizoram elections 2018: Chief Minister of Mizoram Lal Thanhawla(PTI File Photo)

Mizoram elections 2018: CM Thanhawla among 9 candidates facing criminal charges

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2018 09:24 AM IST
As the countdown begins for Mizoram assembly elections 2018, two organistaions have come out with the list of candidates facing criminal cases. Mizo National Front (MNF) president and former chief minister Zoramthanga is one of them.
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Madhya Pradesh assembly elections: Two of the top three re-contesting MLAs with highest assets are from the BJP.(Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)
Madhya Pradesh assembly elections: Two of the top three re-contesting MLAs with highest assets are from the BJP.(Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)

Madhya Pradesh assembly elections 2018: 656 crorepati candidates in fray, BJP has most

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2018 07:47 AM IST
There are 656 or 24% candidates who are crorepatis among the Madhya Pradesh assembly elections 2018 nominees as compared to the 2013 assembly election when there were 472 or 19% such nominees out of 2,494.
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Poll employees check polling materials ahead of polling at Lal parade ground in Bhopal, India, on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)
Poll employees check polling materials ahead of polling at Lal parade ground in Bhopal, India, on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)

Madhya Pradesh Election 2018: 759 candidates with criminal backgrounds in fray

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2018 07:43 AM IST
Madhya Pradesh assembly elections 2018: Association for Democratic Reforms, an NGO that works for electoral and political reforms, and MP Election Watch have said in a report that 464 candidates or 17% have declared criminal cases against them and 295 or 11% serious criminal cases.
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Chhattisgarh electoin 2018: There are 17 constituencies in the second phase with three or more candidates with declared criminal cases.(HT File Photo)
Chhattisgarh electoin 2018: There are 17 constituencies in the second phase with three or more candidates with declared criminal cases.(HT File Photo)

Chhattisgarh Election 2018: Congress candidates have more criminal cases in second phase

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2018 09:51 AM IST
ADR’s report says that 130 candidates or 12% have criminal cases and 90 have serious criminal cases or 9%.
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The findings were released by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), an NGO that works for electoral and political reforms, and Chhattisgarh Election Watch.(PTI File Photo)
The findings were released by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), an NGO that works for electoral and political reforms, and Chhattisgarh Election Watch.(PTI File Photo)

Chhattisgarh Election 2018: BJP has more crorepati candidates in the fray in 2nd phase

UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2018 08:53 AM IST
Association for Democratic Reforms’ report says re-contesting MLAs have seen their assets rise by an average of Rs 1.37 crore or 13% in the five years since they won last polls.
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Mizoram state Assembly has a strength of 40 MLAs out of which 28 did not give details of their PAN.(HT File Photo)
Mizoram state Assembly has a strength of 40 MLAs out of which 28 did not give details of their PAN.(HT File Photo)

7 MPs, 199 MLAs have not declared PAN details: Report

By PTI
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2018 04:26 PM IST
The report prepared after analysis of permanent account number(PAN) details of 542 Lok Sabha MPs and 4,086 MLAs has been brought out by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and the National Election Watch .
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This is expected to reduce the use of unaccounted money and stop the malpractice of parties showing candidates’ extra expenditure in party accounts.(Arijit Sen/HT PHOTO)
This is expected to reduce the use of unaccounted money and stop the malpractice of parties showing candidates’ extra expenditure in party accounts.(Arijit Sen/HT PHOTO)

Cap on party expense in local polls on cards

By Surendra P Gangan | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 21, 2018 05:07 AM IST
This is expected to reduce the use of unaccounted money and stop the malpractice of parties showing candidates’ extra expenditure in party accounts.
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The Congress believes that it is going back to its old system of resource mobilisation, when crowd-funding was an important source of financing election expenses.(AP File Photo)
The Congress believes that it is going back to its old system of resource mobilisation, when crowd-funding was an important source of financing election expenses.(AP File Photo)

AAP and Shiv Sena together got more donations than Congress

By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2018 03:13 PM IST
The Congress has received less in donations than the Shiv Sena (SHS) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), two regional parties, collectively received in both 2015-16 and 2016-17.
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What is also interesting is the fact that the BJP has mostly been ahead of the Congress in terms of income from corporate donations (those above Rs 20,000) even when it was in the opposition(HT File Photo)
What is also interesting is the fact that the BJP has mostly been ahead of the Congress in terms of income from corporate donations (those above Rs 20,000) even when it was in the opposition(HT File Photo)

BJP got Rs 532 cr in donations above Rs 20K, more than 12 times of Congress: ADR

By Roshan Kishore | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2018 11:42 PM IST
Congress says BJP will be the biggest beneficiary of introduction of electoral bonds and will “coerce and threaten” the people for donations.
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The total income of 32 regional political parties in 2016-17 was Rs 321.03 crore, with the Samajwadi Party showing the highest amount of Rs 82.76 crore.(PTI File Photo)
The total income of 32 regional political parties in 2016-17 was Rs 321.03 crore, with the Samajwadi Party showing the highest amount of Rs 82.76 crore.(PTI File Photo)

Total income of 32 regional parties Rs 321 crore in 2016-17; Samajwadi Party richest: ADR report

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2018 10:25 PM IST
These 32 regional parties declared a total expenditure of Rs 435.48 crore during 2016-17, the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said in a report.
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According to the Association for Democratic Reforms, 94% of the 220 candidates that the Congress fielded in the Karnataka elections were crorepatis and 27% face criminal cases. Similarly, 93% of the BJP’s 224 candidates were crorepatis and 37% charged with criminal cases(PTI)
According to the Association for Democratic Reforms, 94% of the 220 candidates that the Congress fielded in the Karnataka elections were crorepatis and 27% face criminal cases. Similarly, 93% of the BJP’s 224 candidates were crorepatis and 37% charged with criminal cases(PTI)

Karnataka symbolises the rot in our polity

UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2018 02:41 PM IST
What will our politicians do to prevent Bengaluru, known as the city of lakes, from turning into another Cape Town? Before seeking votes, our politicians should have presented a comprehensive action plan to the people of the state. What happened was nowhere close to this.
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Maharashtra has the highest number of MPs and MLAs with cases of crime against women (12), followed by West Bengal (11).(Pictured) People take part in ‘Not In My Name’ protest against recent rape case, in New Delhi.(HT Photo/Arvind Yadav)
Maharashtra has the highest number of MPs and MLAs with cases of crime against women (12), followed by West Bengal (11).(Pictured) People take part in ‘Not In My Name’ protest against recent rape case, in New Delhi.(HT Photo/Arvind Yadav)

48 MPs, MLAs have declared cases of crime against women: ADR

By HT Correspondent | Press Trust of India, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2018 06:24 PM IST
BJP has the highest number of such MPs and MLAs at 12, followed by Shiv Sena (7) and Trinamool Congress (6).
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