Have Maharashtra Elections Also Finished Independents?

Independent candidates have always been the “fun” part of the Indian elections, and the recently concluded Maharashtra assembly elections were no different. 1,699 independents contested the elections this time as against 1,820 candidates during the 2009 elections.   While 24 independents were successful last time (i.e. a success ratio of 8% when compared with the … Continued

5 Charts of Maharashtra’s Political Fate

With a five-pronged contest in Maharashtra turning out to be a win for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), how did the leaders of different parties perform at the hustings?   BJP performed the best with its top five leaders winning their seats across the state. While former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan won his seat from … Continued

Will Modi Wave Work In Rural Maharashtra?

  With the break-up of the two major alliances in Maharashtra, the political contest is now open between five major parties.  As we have seen in our earlier report, a major challenge before the parties is to address two kinds of voters – those living in urban Maharashtra and in the most developed cities of … Continued

Congress-NCP Govt Has Built More Houses Than It Claims!

  The Maharashtra Government, in the course of an advertising blitzkrieg on TV, radio and social media, is expected to spend up to Rs 150 crore in the run-up to the assembly polls scheduled forOctober 15.   The Maharashtra Congress Facebook page makes many claims. IndiaSpend is fact-checking some of them. We started the series probing the assertion that 25,000 toilets were built … Continued

Maharashtra: Best Chance For Independents?

    With an unprecedented 5-pronged contest coming up, independent candidates may have their best chance of winning in the Maharashtra assembly elections scheduled for October 15.   An IndiaSpend study of the 2009 assembly polls showed there were 21 constituencies with low victory margins. We have categorised these constituencies according to victory margins: eight … Continued

What Message Will Work In Fractious Maharashtra?

(An advertisement released by the Congress party on the eve of assembly elections in Maharashtra)   Housing. Education. Jobs. These are the three main issues that Maharashtra’s ruling Congress party is focussing on as India’s second-most populous and richest state prepares for elections to a new legislative assembly on October 15.   Farmers are also being … Continued

How Many Murderers Are We Electing To Parliament?

India has a large proportion of criminals in politics who also get elected through the democratic process.   The latest statistics following the recent Lok Sabha elections stand like this: there are 186 Members of Parliament (MPs) who have criminal cases against them, nearly 34% of the total elected MPs. This number is the highest … Continued

Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Can Generate Jobs: SS’ Chandrakant Khaire

Chandrakant Khaire, Shiv Sena candidate from Aurangabad, Maharashtra, says the first public-private partnership (PPP) project for drinking water was implemented in the area because of his efforts. Khaire feels about 20,000-25,000 youth will get employment within a year after the implementation of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor.   This initiative is part of Mera Neta, India’s … Continued

Will Try And Get IT Parks: Shiv Sena’s Hemant Godse

Hemant Godse, Shiv Sena candidate from Nashik, Maharashtra, says his aim would be to ensure quality education along with good placements. He adds that efforts would be increased to attract technology companies to the area.   This initiative is part of Mera Neta, India’s largest candidate outreach programme, which has exclusive updates of the candidates … Continued