Congratulating Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi and expecting him to deliver his promise to provide ‘clean and exemplary’ governance, the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch have written a letter urging him to include only ‘clean’ MPs in his Cabinet.

The letter also brings to Modi’s notice the ‘disturbing’ fact that the newly formed 16{+t}{+h} Lok Sabha has a sizeable number of MPs facing serious criminal charges.

It says 186 (34 per cent) of the 541 newly elected MPs analysed by ADR had declared criminal cases, with 98 out of 281 MPs in the BJP alone.

The ADR reminded Modi of his promise in the election campaign that “the next Parliament would be cleaned by punishing the guilty”. It further urged him to ensure that MPs with serious criminal cases are not be made Ministers or given chairs of responsibilities in Parliament.

Conflict of interest

Also, such MPs should not be assigned a portfolio in the Cabinet that poses a conflict of interest with his/her business interests.

“In Lok Sabha 2004 the number of MPs facing criminal charges was 24 per cent, in 2009 it had increased to 30 per cent. In the newly elected Lok Sabha, the number has reached 34 per cent,” ADR said, adding that it is a matter of grave concern.

(This article was published on May 23, 2014)
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