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People should decide if BJP can be called Balatkar Janata Party: Kamal Nath

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New Delhi, April 16: Congress leader Kamal Nath on Monday hit out at the saffron party over Unnao rape case and claimed that there are 20 leaders in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who have rape charges on them.

“Maine kahin padha tha ki 20 aise neta hain Bharatiya Janata Party ke jo balatkar se judehue hain. Ab inka naam Bharatiya Janata Party hona chahiye ya Balatkar Janata Party, ye janta ko sochna hai (I had read somewhere that there are 20 BJP politicians who are involved in rape cases. People should decide whether it should be called BJP or Balatkar Janata Party),” news agency ANI quoted him as saying.

Earlier in a day, the Congress leader also targetted the central government in a tweet over the spate of sexual violence against women.

In a recent instance, the BJP is under the cloud over Unnao Rape Case as MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar was arrested by CBI for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl. He was produced before a Lucknow court where he pleaded innocence.

The alleged rape case came into the limelight after the victim tried to set herself on blaze outside Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence last week after alleging police inaction against the politician.

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BJP earned Rs 553 crore from unknown sources in 2017-18

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New Delhi, Jan 23: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has amassed over Rs 553 crore as income from unknown sources in 2017-18, which is 80 percent of total such income and four times the aggregate declared by the five other national parties.

According to a report by election watchdog the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) released on Wednesday, a total of Rs 689.44 crore was declared as income from unknown sources by the national parties, of which the BJP pocketed Rs 553.38 crore.

Unknown sources are income declared in the IT returns but without giving source of income for donations below Rs 20,000.

Such unknown sources include donations via Electoral Bonds, sale of coupons, relief fund, miscellaneous income, voluntary contributions, contribution from meetings/morchas. The details of donors of such voluntary contributions are not available in the public domain.

“At present, political parties are not required to reveal the name of individuals or organisations giving less than Rs 20,000 nor those who donated via Electoral Bonds. As a result, more than 50 per cent of the funds cannot be traced and are from ‘unknown’ sources. While the national political parties were brought under the RTI Act by the CIC ruling in June 2013, they have still not complied with the decision,” the ADR said in the report.

As per the report, the total income of six national political parties barring the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) in 2017-18 stood at Rs 1,293.05 crore.

While their total income from known donors was Rs 467.13 crore or 36 per cent of the total income, their income from other known sources (sale of assets, membership fees, bank interest, sale of publications, party levy) was Rs 136.48 crore or 11 per cent of total income.

The total income of political parties from unknown sources (income specified in the IT Returns whose sources are unknown) was Rs 689.44 crore, which is 53 per cent of the total income of the parties.

Of Rs 689.44 crore as income from unknown sources, share of income from Electoral Bonds was Rs 215 crore or 31 per cent.

The BJP also got over 93 per cent of donations of above Rs 20,000 received by national political parties, during 2017-18, pocketing Rs 437.04 crore of the total Rs 469.89 crore donated by corporates and individuals.

Of the total donations, the BJP got the lion’s share with 2,977 donations followed by the Congress which has declared receiving Rs 26.658 crore

In the last 14 years (2004-05 to 2017-18), the national parties have collected Rs 8,721.14 crore from unknown sources.

Currently, there are seven national parties – the BJP, Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party, Nationalist Congress Party, Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India-Marxist and All India Trinamool Congress.

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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra appointed Congress General Secretary for UP East

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New Delhi, Jan 23: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday appointed as Congress General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh East.

With this after years of speculation, Priyanka finally entered into active politics.

Honourable Congress president has appointed Shrimati Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as AICC General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh East. She will be taking charge with effect on first week of February 2019,” the Congress said in an official statement signed by Ashok Gehlot.

Robert Vadra in a Facebook post congratulates wife Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on being appointed as Congress General Secretary for Eastern Uttar Pradesh.

Senior Congress leader Motilal Vohra said that “the responsibility given to Priyanka ji is very important. This will not only have an effect on eastern Uttar Pradesh but also other regions”.

Incidentally, both Amethi and Raebareli are also part of Uttar Pradesh East, of which Priyanka has been given charge as General Secretary.

Apart from Priyanka, Congress President Rahul Gandhi also appointed KC Venugopal as AICC General Secretary (Organisation), Jyotiraditya Scindia as AICC General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh West and Ghulam Nabi Azad as AICC General Secretary for Haryana.

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EVM is perfectly fine, it strengthened people’s right to vote: Nitish Kumar

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Patna, Jan 23: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday said that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) are perfectly fine and it has strengthened people’s right to vote.

“EVM is perfectly fine&when there will be VVPAT (Voter-verifiable paper audit trail) at every booth, then there will be no problem at all”, he told media.

On voting machines hacking claims, the Chief Minister stated “I don’t agree with the things that are being said related to EVM. EVM has strengthened people’s right to vote”.

On Monday, US-based self-proclaimed cyber expert Syed Shuja triggered a storm by claiming that the 2014 Lok Sabha polls were “rigged” and also said that BJP leader and Former Union Minister Gopinath Munde was “killed” because he was aware of Electronic Voting Machines hacking.

However, the Election Commission of India has refuted the revealations made by Shuja and has lodged an FIR against him in New Delhi on Tuesday.

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