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"When things are delayed, it only continues to fester in the system, " Deputy Governor N S Vishwanathan said.

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Electoral bonds: Congress protests at Parliament premises

The issue of electoral bonds has snowballed into a political flashpoint. This is following reports that the Reserve Bank of India and the Election Commission had reservations against them, but were overruled by the Modi government. The BJP has slammed the Congress for the "fiasco" in the House alleging that the Opposition party does not want clean politics.

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  • Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said that 'one nation, one election', was "not happening very shortly" unless political parties sit together and evolve consensus and bring about requisite amendments in law. This is not something in which the EC could do much except saying it would also prefer such an arrangement, he further added.

    The PIL claimed that research showed discrepancies in EC’s voter turnout data and votes counted. The discrepancies ranged between 1% to 10% and amounted to 7,39,104 votes. The petition claimed that it wasn’t questioning the results but wanted EC to evolve a protocol and handle such situations in a transparent way.

    The disqualified Congress MLA from RR Nagar in Bengaluru, may have succeeded in joining the BJP on Thursday, but deep resentment within the BJP and RSS may apply brakes on his electoral ambitions

    BJP announced party tickets to 13 disqualified lawmakers on Thursday, keeping the Ranebennur seat on hold as it refused to allow former minister R Roshan Baig admission into the party.

    The Election Commission has announced five-phase polls to the Jharkhand assembly between November 30-December 20. The results will be announced on December 23.

    The CBDT has recently written to CEC Sunil Arora with details on the alleged income tax evasions by Lavasa’s family members. IT notices have been issued to Lavasa’s wife and son.

    In comparison, the Congress raised just Rs 146 crore in 2018-19, as per the data it submitted to the Election Commission of India (ECI). The Progressive Electoral Trust – also the largest donor to the Congress – gave Rs 55 crore to the party as against the Rs 346 crore it gave the BJP, as per the party’s submissions to the ECI.

    The MLAs attempted to move the apex court praying for postponement of the December 5 byelection to 15 Assembly seats. Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the disqualified lawmakers, prayed before the three-judge bench headed by Justice NV Ramana to direct the Election Commission to postpone the bypolls till the court decides the case.

    Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the disqualified MLAs, mentioned the matter and said that the bypolls for the Assembly seats are scheduled on December 5 and candidates are required to file their nomination papers between November 11 and November 18.

    The Grand Old Party had spent Rs 516 crore in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections while the BJP had pumped in Rs 714 crore. BJP is yet to submit its Lok Sabha expense statement to EC and is expected to outdo the Congress as has been the trend since 2013. The latest records show that the Congress’ headquarters raised Rs 856 crore ahead of the Lok Sabha polls across the poll-bound states.

    A leaked audio tape allegedly shows Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa "poaching" MLAs to overthrow the JD(S)-Congress coalition regime. But the SC refused to hear Congress' plea, saying it wasn't necessary to allow another round of arguments.

    In March, 2017, a man named Vivek Garg had filed a petition before the President seeking disqualification of 11 AAP lawmakers, including state Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot, claiming that being co-chairpersons of district disaster management authorities in 11 Delhi districts, they were enjoying office of profit.

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