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‘192 MLAs in 5 new assemblies have criminal cases’

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National Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed, jointly, the self-sworn affidavits of 689 out of 690 newly elected MLAs in the five states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur, and Goa. Details of one candidate have not been analysed.

New Delhi : Of the 690 newly elected MLAs to the five state assemblies as many as 192 have criminal cases against them, while 540 of the total are ‘crorepatis’, says a report.

National Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed jointly the self-sworn affidavits of 689 out of 690 newly elected MLAs in the five states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur, and Goa. Details of one candidate have not been analysed.


“Out of the 689 MLAs analysed, 192 (28 %) MLAs have declared criminal cases against themselves,” the ADR report said.

Besdies, 140 MLAs have declared serious criminal cases including cases such as murder and attempt to murder, up from 100 in 2012.

Uttar Pradesh has 36 % MLAs with declared criminal cases, followed by Uttarakhand (31 pc), Goa (23 pc), Punjab (14 pc) and Manipur (3 pc).

Moreover, there are 27 % MLAs with serious declared criminal cases in UP, Uttarakhand (20%), Goa (15 %), Punjab (9%) and Manipur (3%), it said.

 On financial details, the report said that out of the 689 newly elected MLAs analysed, 540 (78 %) are crorepatis.

 Goa topped the chart with all the 40 MLAs being crorepatis, followed by Punjab (81 %), UP (80 pc), Uttarakhand (73 pc) and Manipur (53 pc).

 The top three MLAs with high assets in UP are Shah Alam Urf Guddu Jamali with total assets of over Rs 118 crore, Vinayshankar (over Rs 67 crore) and Rani Pakshalika Singh (over Rs 58 crore).

 Individually, Rana Gurjit Singh has total assets of over Rs 169 crore followed by Sukhbir Singh Badal (over Rs 102 crore) and Sukhpal Singh (over Rs 66 crore) — all in Punjab.

 In Uttarakhand, Satpal Maharaj has total assets of over Rs 80 crore followed by Rajesh Shukla (over Rs 25 crore) and Qazi Mohd Nizamuddin (over Rs 21 crore).

 Manipur’s Alfred Kanngam S Arthur has total assets of over Rs 36 crore, Kshetrimayum Biren Singh (over Rs 8 crore) and Rajkumar Imo Singh (over Rs 4 crore). In Goa, Michael Vincent Lobo’s total assets stand at Rs 54 crore followed by Pratapsingh R Rane (over Rs 50 crore) and Pandurang Arjun Madhkaikar (over Rs 32 crore).         –PTI