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Old 08-Oct-2013
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Over 40% of Delhi legislators have pending criminal cases

NEW DELHI: The myth that money and muscle power win elections only in backward states has been shattered by new analysis that shows that Delhi not only has the maximum number of legislators nearly half -- with criminal cases pending against them but also the highest number of crorepati MLAs.

Data analyzed by Association for Democratic Reforms ( ADR) for five states Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram, Chhattisgarh and Delhi that go to polls in November-December, found that 43% sitting MLAs in Delhi had criminal antecedents and 69% were crorepatis. Around 21% of MLAs (128 out of 607 MLAs) from these five states have declared pending criminal cases against them.

The states also scored low in gender equality with only 8% women candidates out of a total 7,520 contesting elections.

Of the 68 legislators analyzed in Delhi, 29 had criminal cases pending against them of which six had serious criminal cases like rape and murder pending against them. BJP fielded the maximum 35% tainted candidates on its ticket followed by Congress at 30% and BSP at 23%.

The Capital's claim to shame was followed by Madhya Pradesh where 25% of candidates had pending cases against them with Congress fielding the maximum number of tainted candidates at 31%. Around 16% of MLAs in Rajasthan, 13% in Chhattisgarh and 5% in Mizoram had criminal cases pending against them.

Clearly indicating the importance of money in winning an election, the analysis found that almost half the legislators in the five states were crorepatis. About 264 (43%) legislators out of the 607 from the five states were crorepatis while 837 (12%) candidates out of 6,870 analyzed were crorepatis.

Delhi has the highest percentage (69%) of crorepati MLAs followed by Rajasthan with 46% and Madhya Pradesh with 38%.

ADR's information is based on the election affidavits and income tax returns submitted by candidates for the 2008 assembly elections.

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