The income tax department launched multiple raids as part of a tax evasion probe against registered unrecognised political parties (RUPP) and their alleged dubious funding. Conducted on September 7, the raids were carried out in Gujarat, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana and some other states. The surprise raid was in the view of suggestion of the Election Commission, amid alleged tax evasion by companies.
The Supreme Court bench led by CJI NV Ramana reviewed the freebies row and said, it cannot prevent political parties from making promises during the election campaigns. On August 17, Ramana said, "The question is what constitutes right promises and what is the right way of spending public money." The bench observed that it is essential to define what is a freebie and what doesn't."
Supreme Court bench led by CJI NV Ramana review a plea against freebies for people, during elections. Observing that freebies and social welfare schemes are two different things, the bench considered a balance needed to strike between the economy losing money and welfare measures. The court also ruled out the possibility of considering a plea for de-recognising parties making freebies promises, and directed stakeholders to give suggestions … read-more
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The Monsoon Parliament Session started on July 18, and is scheduled to propose a bunch of bills, which would be discussed for approval. Some of the highlighted bills are, Coffee (development) and promotion bill, Development of Enterprises and Services Hubs Bill, Competition (Amendment) Bill, Old Grant (Regulation) Bill, The Press and Registration of Periodicals Bill, Energy Conservation (Amendment) Bill, Family Courts (Amendment) Bill. The… read-more
Haryana Municipal committees and municipal council elections for 28 and 18 seats respectively are underway on June 19. Scheduled between 7am-6pm, the polling will be held in 1,290 (municipal councils) and 671 stations (municipalities). In addition, 12.60 lakh voters are eligible in municipal councils, and 5.70 lakh in the municipality. Furthermore, over 14,000 polling staff and police were deployed for election security. The election results… read-more
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RSS leader Indresh Kumar took a dig at political parties for keeping silent in the recent killing of Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu and Kashmir. On May 16, Kumar said, "The anger of Kashmiri Pandits is justified. But the bigger anger is about the silence of political parties that chant slogans of secularism". He also appealed people of Kashmir to stand with Pandits against the terrorism, causing trouble to the Kashmiri pandits.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on February 13, ruled out allegations of rift with Rahul Gandhi. In an interview, the Congress leader said, "I can sacrifice my life for my brother, even he can do that same for me. There is conflict in BJP not in Congress". Hitting back at CM Yogi Adityanath, Ms Vadra said, "It looks he is stating this in light of rift between him, Modij, and Amit Shah".
M Venkaiah Naidu, the Chairman of Rajya Sabha released new seating arrangements for MPs, on January 31. With the beginning of the Union Budget session, Naidu urged MPs of all the parties to follow the new seating, which has been in place due to ongoing COVID-19 third wave. Since 2020, the Parliament adapted new distance seating arrangements, which was avoided in the Monsoon session, held recently.
Taking a serious note of freebies announced by political parties ahead of elections, the Supreme Court, issued a notice to the ECI. Reviewing a petition, on January 25, CJI NV Ramana asked the EC and Central Government to take a legal path, saying freebies budget goes beyond regular budget, and needs a legal action. The court also asked the EC to dismiss parties, which offers "irrational freebies" to woo voters.
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