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Similarities and Dissimilarities Between Article 49 (O) and NOTA
Similarities and Dissimilarities Between Article 49 - O and NOTA

It goes without saying that India has seen a rise in the number of discerning voters who consider several factors before casting a vote. They have become more conscious of their rights as electorates. Of all the rights a voter is entitled to, the right to reject candidates and cast a negative vote has been most talked about. What does Article 49 (O) Imply? Under section 49 (O) of the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961, it has been meticulously stated the procedure to be followed when a valid voter decides not to cast his vote in the [...]Read more

Where do Political Parties get their Money From
Where do Political Parties get their Money From

Money Sources of the Political Parties The methods which a political party applies to raise its wealth can be referred to as political party funding. These funds are required for the campaigns and conducting the daily affairs of a party. Now, the question is, from where do these political parties get their funds from? Obviously, the party leaders themselves will not shell out even a penny from their own pockets, so, what are the sources which provide the monetary support to these parties? Let’s see a brief about the same: In India, it is the biggest known [...]Read more

Differences Between Cabinet and State Ministers
Differences Between Cabinet and State Ministers

Knowing one’s basic rights is the first step towards being a politically aware citizen. We are all familiar with the terms such as Cabinet (Union) Minister and the Minister of State. It often catches us unaware when we try to understand how a Minister of State for Agriculture is different from a Union Agriculture Minister. For those uninitiated, it becomes confusing to know that there are two ministers for the same ministry. It’s time to dispel the doubt and get a clearer picture of how ministers work in India and how their functions vary. Who is a [...]Read more

Differences Between Regional and National Political Parties
Differences Between Regional and National Political Parties

Endowed with a multi-party system, India has nurtured many a political parties over the last six decades. While some parties emerged for a brief stint, the others continued to expand their ambit of influence. You may have heard of the Akali Dal in Punjab and Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh. Similarly, Shiv Sena of Maharashtra and Samajwadi Party of Uttar Pradesh occupy quite a significant chunk of Indian political landscape as of now. These are the regional parties as their influence is confined to a particular state or region. However, national parties such as Congress, BJP, [...]Read more

How Political Parties Get Registered?
How Political Parties Get Registered

How is a Political Party Registered? Political parties have mushroomed at a fast pace over the last two decades and multiple reasons are attributed to this development. In fact, most of us nurture the idea of floating a new political party to propagate our set of ideologies and gain a voice on the political stage. But, a political party is not recognised officially, unless it’s registered with the Election Commission of India. In fact, the benefits availed by a registered political party, is another reason behind the formation of newer parties. This is the crucial step towards [...]Read more

Political Privileges for Members of Parliament
Political Privileges for Members of Parliament

Political Privileges for Members of Parliament History bears witness to the fact that India has taken cue from the British Parliament when it comes to enumerating the privileges of its parliamentarians. The “powers, privileges and immunities” of each member of the parliament are akin to those of the House of Commons of the UK Parliament. Legal immunity is one of the important privileges enjoyed by members of both the houses of parliament. That is what distinguishes an MP from a common man. Every parliamentarian receives protection against civil or criminal charges for activities or statements made during [...]Read more

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