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Assembly polls: One fourth of MLAs have criminal records

Last updated on: March 10, 2011 17:57 IST

One fourth of MLAs have criminal records


Vicky Nanjappa
With assembly polls to four key states and one union terrority at hand, Vicky Nanjappa finds that one in four elected representatives has a criminal record.

As the country gears up for the assembly elections in four states and one union territory, it is pertinent to note that 25 per cent of the MLAs in the outgoing assemblies have criminal cases pending against them.

Out of the 140 candidates analysed from the Kerala Legislative Assembly, 69 have pending criminal cases while 18 have very serious charges against them.

In the case of Tamil Nadu, 234 candidates have been analysed, of which 77 have pending cases against them, of which 25 face serious charges. 

In Puducherry, 30 MLAs have been analysed of which 5 MLAs have serious charges pending against them.


Image: A DMK poll rally
Photographs: Sreeram Selvaraj

Thirty MLAs in Bengal face serious charges

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In West Bengal, 30 MLAs face serious charges while 40 MLAs in all, have criminal cases pending against them.

The National Election Watch, an NGO had managed to scrutinise the records of 283 MLAs from West Bengal.

In Assam, 126 MLAs have been analysed of which 5 have serious charges and 7 criminal charges pending against them.

Cumulatively, out of the 813 candidates analysed, 204 have pending charges against them while 83 face serious charges.

Image: Crowds gather at a CPI-M election rally in West Bengal

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Half the MLAs did not declare their PAN cards

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M Vijay Kumar of the Communist Party of India-Marxist from Kerala tops the list with 13 cases registered against him while K U Narayan Chaudhary of the Indian National Congress from West Bengal comes in second with 12 cases.

Ranganatha N B of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam is third with nine cases against him.

The NEW has also found that about 50 percent of the MLAs analysed (403 MLAs out of 813) did not declare their PAN card details in their previous affidavits.

The current format of the affidavit, where candidates have to declare date and other details of their last income tax filed, will make it easy to catch tax deafulters.

Image: Kerala will go to the polls on April 13

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TN tops in crorepati MLAs

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The report also states that despite public statements by the presidents of various political parties that they are strongly in favour of increasing the representation of women in the assemblies, the number of women MLAs is very low.

It is barely 9.5% ( 77) across these assemblies. In fact, Puducherry has no women MLAs and Kerala has only 7% women MLAs.

In terms of crorepati MLAs, Tamil Nadu leads with 57. Assam is second with 16, while Puducherry and Kerala have 9 and 8 respectively.

West Bengal has the least number of these MLAs at 7 according to the report.

The richest MLA on the list is Vasanth Kumar of the Indian National Congress from Tamil Nadu who is worth around 36.13 crore while Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M Karunanidhi is second with aseets worth Rs 26.5 crore.

Image: Tamil Nadu CM M Karunanidhi

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