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HP Elections 2017: Criminal, financial, academic, other facts about winning candidates



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The maximum number of MLAs with criminal background came from the BJP at 18(41%) out of total 44 elected MLAs

Shimla: It is of utmost importance that you know about the candidates whom you have elected to the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly 2017 to form the new government. As an overview, let us take a look at the analysis carried out by the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR).

It says that out of the total 68 MLAs including candidates of all parties, this time the number of elected MLAs with criminal cases has increased to 22(32%) as compared to 14 (21%) in 2012. There are 8 (12%) elected MLAs with serious criminal cases against them as compared to 5 (7%) in 2012. 

Party-wise, two (10%) Congress MLAs out of total 21 has criminal cases against them. The maximum number of MLAs with criminal background came from the BJP at 18(41%) out of total 44 elected MLAs. This list also includes one independent and one CPI (M) candidate.

Financial Background

Out of the 68 MLAs, 52 (76%) are crorepatis as compared to 44 (65%) in 2012 assembly elections.

Party wise, these crorepatis include 28 BJP MLAs, 21 (100%) Congress MLAs, one CPI(M) MLA, and two (100%) independent MLAs.

All about Winning MLAs in HP Assembly elections 2017

 The average of assets per MLA in the elections is Rs 8.88 Crores as compared to Rs 7.45 crores in 2012.

If the party-wise average assets are considered, among the major parties, the average assets per MLA for 21 INC MLAs is Rs 13.80 crores, Rs 6.14 crores for 44 BJP MLAs, and Rs. 12.85 Crores for two Independent MLAs.

The top 3 MLAs with highest assets contesting in the  2017 Assembly Elections are:

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The three MLAs with lowest assets are as follows:

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MLAs with high liabilities: 59 (87%) out of 68 MLAs have declared liabilities. 

The top three MLAs with highest liabilities are as given below:background of HP Assembly 2017 winning candidates 3

 3 MLAs have declared total annual income of more than Rs 1 Crore. The details of these 3 MLAs are as given below:

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Further, 10 (15%) out of 68 MLAs have not declared their sources of income while 4(6%) did not declare income tax details.

There are 2 MLAs with assets more than Rs 1 crore and have not declared income tax details. Their details are as given below:

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Comparative analysis of assets of re-elected MLAs

This election 30 MLAs have been re-elected.  The average assets of re-elected MLAs in 2017 is Rs. 10:30 crores as compared to Rs 5.79 crores in 2017.

The growth in average assets of re-elected MLAs from 2012 to 2017 is Rs 4.60 crores i.e. by 79%.

Comparative analysis of party wise average assets of re-elected MLAs in 2012 and 2017

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Out of total 68, (31%) MLAs are between 8th pass and 12th pass, while 47(69%) MLAs are graduate or above.


Ou of the total, 20 (29%) MLAs are aged between 25 and 50 years, 46(68%) MLAs are between 51 and 80 years, and one MLA is above 80 years. Out of 68 MLAs, 4 (6%) MLAs are women as compared to 3 (4%) in 2012.

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Parents Burn Fee-Booklet of Shimla’s Private School In Protest, Allege Govt Directions Made No Difference



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Shimla-The written directions issued to all private schools running in Himachal Pradesh from the State Directorate of Higher Education on March 18, 2019, to review their unreasonable and hefty fee structures and reduce unnecessary charges has made no impact on any institution.

This is what the parents alleged on March 22, 2019, while protesting outside the Auckland House School in Shimla. The parents shouted slogans against the fleecing of private schools with unreasonable, hefty fees. They burnt a fee-booklet of the Auckland House School in protest.

Parents protest in Shimla against private schools

The parents have staged multiple protests during the last two to three weeks. The Directorate had to issue a fresh notification to private schools after the student-teacher forum gheraoed its office on March 14, 2019.  

The Directorate had asked the schools to cut down their fees to reasonable amounts, stop the sale of books and uniform in schools or pressurizing parents to purchase them from particular shops. The schools were told that they can’t make it mandatory for students to pay charges for tours/picnics. Further, the Directorate had warned schools of stringent action against if they failed to abide by the provisions of the Private Educational Institute (regulatory) Act, 1997, and Right of Children To Fee and Cumpulsory Education Act, 2009.

Directions Issued on 18 March 2019 by Edu Directorate


On Friday, however, the forum alleged that despite the notification issued by the Directorate, private schools did not pay any heed to its warning.  The schools still issued fee booklets without reviewing their fee structures.

The convener of the forum, Vijender Mehra, said that these schools not only ignored the notification but also committed contempt of the State High Court.

The forum has now warned the higher officials of the Education Directorate that if they did not ensure compliance to the court orders, FIRs would be filed personally against them.

The co-convener of the forum, Bindu Joshi, said the Directorate issued written directions to these schools only for the sake of formality. The Government is not showing any interest in the implementation of the Private Educational Institute (Regulatory) Act, 19997, and Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, she said.

The forum is demanding the formation of a regulatory commission to stop the commercialization of education in the State.

The forum said its series of protests would continue until implementation of the directions issued by the Directorate is ensured.

The voices of protests can be heard in Himachal Pradesh time and again. However, it appears the parents, who are financially squeezed by private schools, wants to fight a final battle to make their unrest heard.

A couple of weeks ago, parents protest in Solan district had forced the St. Luke School, to cut down its fees to half. The student-parent forum is urging all parents to unite in the same way to put some check on the arbitrary working of private schools across the State.

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Social Media Platforms Agree to Come up With Code of Ethics, says ECI After a Meeting With Representatives



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New Delhi-The usage of Social Media ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 is one of the biggest causes of worry for the Election Commission of India as well as the people. The social media platforms do not have any provisions like the Model Code of Conduct.

The role of social media in helping spread information as well as curbing misinformation cannot be underestimated. There is a desperate need to come up pro-actively with deterrents like some punitive action against users misusing the platform.

Considering this issue of ethics, the Election Commission of India today had an interactive session with representatives of various Social Media Platforms and Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). The representatives from social media organizations such as Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter, Google, ShareChat, TikTok and BigoTV attended the meeting.

The Chief Election Commissioner cited Model Code of Conduct as a unique and historic document, which is followed by all political parties /entities from the date of declaration of schedule of elections till the election process is concluded.

Arora said the Social Media Organizations are formidable force-multiplier and asked them to come up with a similar Code for the ongoing election process in the immediate context and a lasting document in the long run.

Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa pointed out that today’s has been a momentous meeting for the evolution of ‘behaviour’ of Social Media platforms on Social Media.

Voluntary restraint is a hallmark of civilized society and works as effectively as any regulation, he said. He suggested that the management should consider a clear clause on users’ voluntarily agreeing not to misuse social media platforms for election or political purposes.

The need for the appointment of dedicated grievance channel for expeditious action by the organizations, pre-certification, and transparency in the expenditure of political advertisements was also raised in the meeting. The meeting focused on evolving a notification mechanism by social media platforms for acting upon the violations of Section 126 of R.P. Act, 1951 and preventing misuse of these platforms. 

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Manohar Parrikar Was ‘Chief Minister of Commoners’, Says Cabinet condoling his demise



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New Delhi– The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today condoled the sad demise of Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister on March 17, 2019, at Panaji, Goa.  The Cabinet observed silence for two minutes in his memory.  Parrikar had been in and out of hospitals since February last year after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

He was cremated with full state honours at Panjim’s Miramar Beach this evening. He was 64-years-old.

The Cabinet had also approved observing one day of mourning by the Government of India and flying the National Flag at half-mast on March 18, 2019, in all the States/UTs Capitals including Delhi and throughout the State of Goa.

The Cabinet expresses profound sorrow at the sad demise of Shri Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa in the evening of 17th March 2019 at Panaji, Goa. In his passing away, the country has lost a veteran and distinguished leader, affectionately called as the Chief Minister of commoners,

said a condolence Resolution of the Cabinet.

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, also condoled the passing away of Parrikar.

Extremely sorry to hear of the passing of Shri Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa, after an illness borne with fortitude and dignity. An epitome of integrity and dedication in public life, his service to the people of Goa and of India will not be forgotten.

the President said

About Manohar Parrikar

Born on December 13, 1955, at Mapusa, Goa, Parrikar was educated at Loyola School, Margao and later graduated in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai in 1978. Before entering politics, Parrikar had joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at a young age and became a Mukhya Shikshak (Chief Instructor) in the final years of his schooling itself. After graduating from IIT, he resumed RSS work in Mapusa and became a Sanghchalak at the age of 26.

As a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Parrikar was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Goa in 1994. He became the Chief Minister of Goa for the first time on 24th October 2000 and continued till 27th February 2002. He was re-elected as Chief Minister on 3rd June 2002 and served till 2nd February 2005.  He became Chief Minister of Goa for the third time on 9th March 2012 and continued till 8th November 2014. On 9th November 2014, Shri Parrikar became Union Minister of Defence and continued till 13th March 2017, he was again sworn in as Chief Minister of Goa on 14th March 2017.

He is credited with the building of modern Goa and to the modernization of India’s Armed Forces as well as improvement to the lives of ex.-Servicemen.

Parrikar was awarded the ‘Distinguished Alumnus Award’ by IIT Mumbai in 2001, Honorary Doctorate by National Institute of Technology, Goa in 2018, and the Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Award in 2018, among others. He is survived by his two sons.

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