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Electoral Bonds 2024: BJP Dominates Donations, TMC Surpasses Congress

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Election Commission of India data released on Thursday showed that the Trinamool Congress (TMC), led by Mamata Banerjee, redeemed electoral bonds of significantly higher value than the Congress. Through the electoral bond mechanism, the Bharatiya Janata Party was the beneficiary of the largest amount of any political party. Although the list of bond buyers included numerous well-known corporations, the largest donation was from a lottery company with headquarters in Tamil Nadu.

Here are the top takeaways from the electoral bonds list.

  1. Two papers have been uploaded by the ECI. They claim that 1260 businesses and individuals have purchased 22217 bonds totaling ₹12,155.51 between 2019 and 2024. These bonds have been redeemed by 23 political parties.
  2. Bonds worth ₹6061 crore were redeemed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Surprisingly, with bonds valued at ₹1610 crore, the Trinamool Congress ranked second on the list. With ₹1422 crore, the Congress holds the third position.
  3. Future Gaming and Hotel Services, situated in Tamil Nadu, made the largest donation during the five years, totaling ₹1368 crore. Megha Engineering and Infrastructures Limited, situated in Andhra Pradesh, contributed ₹891 crore; Qwik Supply Chain Private Limited, Vedanta Limited, and Haldia Energy Limited contributed ₹410 crore; and ₹377 crore.
  4. Among the well-known individuals who contributed to the parties were steel mogul Lakshmi Mittal, Sunil Bharti Mittal’s Bharti Airtel, ITC, Mahindra & Mahindra, DLF, PVR, Birlas, Bajajs, Jindals, Spicejet, IndiGo, and the Goenkas.
  5. The three companies owned by Sunil Mittal bought bonds totaling ₹246 crore. Lakshmi Niwas Mittal purchased bonds individually for ₹35 crore.
  6. According to reports, contributions to the Samajwadi Party and the Congress were made under the names “Adyaksha Samajwadi Party” and “President, All India Congress Committee.”
  7. Of the 22,217 electoral bonds, 22030 were redeemed between April 1, 2019, and February 15, according to information provided by the SBI to the Supreme Court.
  8. The following companies purchased electoral bonds: Jindal Group, Phillips Carbon Black Limited, CEAT tires, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, ITC, Kaypee Enterprises, Cipla, Torrent Power, Bharti Airtel, DLF Commercial Developers, Vedanta Ltd., Apollo Tyres, Edelweiss, PVR, Keventer, Sula Wines, Welspun, Sun Pharma, Vardhman Textiles, and Jindal Group.
  9. The following political parties received benefits from the scheme: the Samajwadi Party, Jammu and Kashmir National Conference, BJD, Goa Forward Party, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, Sikkim Krantikari Morcha, JMM, Sikkim Democratic Front, DMK, JD-S, NCP, Trinamool Congress, JDU, RJD, AAP, and the Congress.
  10. Electoral bonds were used to make donations by Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Varun Gupta, B.K. Goenka, Jainendra Shah, and an anonymous individual going by Monika’s first name. Bonds worth ₹18 crore were purchased by Bajaj Auto, ₹20 crore by Bajaj Finance, ₹36 crore by three IndiGo companies, ₹65 lakh by Spicejet, and ₹20 crore by Rahul Bhatia of IndiGo.

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Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 5: 57% Voter Turnout by 5 pm, Polling Wraps Up in 49 Seats

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Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 5: 57% Voter Turnout by 5 pm, Polling Wraps Up in 49 Seats

Lok Sabha Election Phase 5 Voting Live Updates: Casting a vote is in progress in 49 constituenties electorate in six states and two UTs in the fifth period of Lok Sabha decisions on Monday.

The present survey will determine the destiny of a few unmistakable pioneers like previous Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Association clergymen Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani and previous Jammu and Kashmir boss clergyman Omar Abdullah.

Over 8.95 crore individuals, including 4.26 crore females and 5,409 third-orientation balloters, are qualified to cast a ballot in this round and 9.47 lakh surveying authorities have been conveyed across 94,732 surveying stations.

Among the seats going to surveys, 13 are in Maharashtra, 14 in Uttar Pradesh, seven in West Bengal, five in Bihar, three in Jharkhand, five in Odisha, one is in Jammu and Kashmir and the solitary seat in Ladakh.

This round covers the most un-number of seats (49) in the seven-stage surveys. Up until this point, casting a ballot has occurred in 379 voting demographics spread across 23 states and Association domains. The counting of decisions in favor of every one of the seven periods of the Lok Sabha political race will occur on June 4.

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Swati Maliwal Assault: Kejriwal and Akhilesh Dismiss Questions; Sanjay Singh Speaks Out | Watch

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Swati Maliwal Assault: Kejriwal and Akhilesh Dismiss Questions; Sanjay Singh Speaks Out | Watch

Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal and Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav addressed the media together. When Kejriwal brought up the topic of the assault on Swati Maliwal, he handed the microphone to Akhilesh. He stated, “There are more important things than this.” As for the alleged attack on Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal at Kejriwal’s residence by CM’s PA Bibhav Kumar, AAP MP Sanjay Singh has made statements about it thus far. He said he would speak on the matter and then cited Manipur, Prajwal Revanna, and the wrestlers’ protest against former chief wrestler of the Wrestling Federation of India, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

“The prime minister said nothing while the wife of a Kargil hero was paraded in Manipur in her undies. PM Modi requested support for Prajwal Revanna, who had raped and molested many women. And the authorities assisted him in his escape. Swati Maliwal went to visit the women wrestlers during their protests at night, and the cops beat her up. Sanjay Singh remarked, “We have seen PM Modi’s silence on Hathras, Kuldeep Sengar. “The Party of Aam Aadmi is a family. The party has already made it clear where it stands on this matter. I want the BJP to respond to all of these questions, especially the incident in which the cops beat up Swati Maliwal. Politics shouldn’t be played over this, according to Sanjay Singh.

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On Wednesday, Sanjay Singh visited Swati Maliwal at her home, but the BJP is pressing for action against Vibhav Kumar in this regard. Leaders of the BJP also questioned if Swati Maliwal was under pressure from the AAP, given that no formal complaint has been filed on the assault event. The picture of Bibhav Kumar seen at the Lucknow airport with Kejriwal and Sanjay Singh was released by the BJP on Thursday. “This is the image from last night of the Lucknow airport.” Vibhav, the one wearing the black shirt, struck Swati Maliwal. Kejriwal is upset, as is Sanjay Singh, who said that Bibhav has done something really wrong. BJP’s Kapil Mishra commented on X, saying, “The third one is Kejriwal himself, who is accused of getting Swati beaten up.”

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Kejriwal Sparks Controversy: ‘Modi Never Ruled Out Retirement at 75,’ Amid ‘Amit Shah for PM’ Claim

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Kejriwal Sparks Controversy: ‘Modi Never Ruled Out Retirement at 75,’ Amid ‘Amit Shah for PM’ Claim

Amit Shah will succeed Narendra Modi as prime minister in 2025, when the latter turns 75, according to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who announced this Thursday. The prime minister has never said he will not step down at that age. Despite the disagreements between Amit Shah and some other politicians on Kejriwal’s age and retirement, PM Modi never said he wouldn’t retire at 75, Kejriwal said at a joint press conference with Samajwadi Party chairman Akhilesh Yadav (Lucknow). “Everyone in the nation is confident that Modi won’t deviate from his 75-year retirement age,” Kejriwal stated.

“Amit Shah’s appointment as prime minister is now confirmed. According to him, the BJP has ignored every opponent, including Devendra Fadnavis, Manohar Lal Khattar, Vasundhara Raje, Dr. Raman Singh, and Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The only issue at hand is Yogi Adityanath, who would be ousted in two to three months, according to Kejriwal, who also mentioned that no BJP leader had disputed his remarks against Adityanath, suggesting that Adityanath’s departure was all but certain.

According to Kejriwal, eliminating reservations is the BJP’s “big plan” if they win the election.

During his first rally after leaving Tihar, Kejriwal stated that if he supported the BJP, Amit Shah would become prime minister since, according to party policy, no one over 75 may hold any job. Narendra Modi will turn 75 in 2025. In response to Kejriwal’s assertion, Amit Shah stated that Narendra Modi will serve out his term and continue to head the party well beyond 2029. Amit Shah charged that Kejriwal was fomenting disarray within the party about the leadership, whereas there is none.

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“I would want to inform Arvind Kejriwal and associates that there is no need to celebrate Modiji’s 75th birthday. The BJP constitution does not mention his ineligibility to serve as prime minister. He will serve out the remainder of his time as prime minister. The party is not confused,” Amit Shah declared.

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