BLOGS

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Common Minimum Program – keeping the interest of the citizens in a coalition government

By |Categories: B.PAC, Making Bengaluru Better, Participatory Democracy Program, Policy, Politics|

May 2018 elections to the Karnataka State Assembly threw up a hung house with no single political party able to garner majority mark. The situation lead to the formation of a government by two political parties, Indian National Congress and Janata Dal (S), without any pre-poll alliance, and who had fought the electoral battle bitterly. During the election campaigning, each [...]

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike – Past, Present and Future

By |Categories: Participatory Democracy Program, Policy, Politics|

Background Constitution of India has made detailed provisions for ensuring the protection of democracy in Parliament and in State Legislatures. But it did not provide adequate powers for the local self-government/ governance leading to democracy not being stable in municipal governance. 74th Amendment of the Constitution   The Bill as reported by the Joint Parliamentary Committee was taken up for [...]

Electronic Voting Machine [EVM] and VVPAT [Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail]

By |Categories: Elections, Making Bengaluru Better, Participatory Democracy Program, Politics|

The Election Commission of India (ECI) is a constitutional authority responsible for the conduction of free and fair elections in our country. Article 324 of the Constitution vests in the Election Commission the superintendence, direction and control of the preparation of the electoral rolls for, and the conduct of, all elections to Parliament and to the Legislature of every State [...]

Simultaneous Elections in India

By |Categories: Elections, Participatory Democracy Program, Politics|

Twenty Nine States and Seven Union territories of India have an elected government, going to polls approximately once in five years. About five to seven  State Assemblies/UTs on an average, come up for elections, every year, often spread through the months. Given the resources needed to conduct such frequent elections and the load on the governance thereof, many stakeholders have [...]

Reforming Political Donations in India

By |Categories: Elections, Participatory Democracy Program, Politics|

Elections, in general, come with a cost, to state exchequer political parties and candidates. Election Commission of India spends a lot of money to conduct free and fair elections to safeguard our democracy. In the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections alone, INR 3,426 Cr was spent by the government, a substantial increase from the 2009 Lok Sabha Elections, INR 1,483 Cr [...]

Prioritise Fire Safety demand by Beyond Carlton to the Political Parties of Karnataka

By |Categories: B.SAFE, Elections, Making Bengaluru Better, Policy|

As the Karnataka state goes to elections in next few months, we must ensure our wants and needs for Bengaluru city should communicate to the political parties seeking our votes. We often miss out on talking beyond essential public goods in our needs; fire safety is never seen as a major concern. The need to bring this to the notice [...]