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43 per cent of newly elected Lok Sabha MPs have criminal charges against them: ADR

PTI New Delhi | Updated on May 26, 2019 Published on May 26, 2019

Pragya Singh Thakur, the newly-elected BJP MP from Bhopal, faces terror charges in connection with the 2008 Malegaon blasts   -  PTI

116 of BJP’s winning candidates carrying cases, says NGO

Nearly half of the newly-elected Lok Sabha members have criminal records, a 26 per cent increase as compared to 2014, according to the Association of Democratic Reforms.

Of the 539 winning candidates analysed by the ADR, as many as 233 MPs — or 43 per cent — face criminal charges.

In the BJP, 116 MPs or 39 per cent of winning candidates face criminal cases, followed by 29 MPs (57 per cent) in the Congress; 13 (81 per cent) in the Janata Dal (United); 10 (43 per cent) from the DMK; and nine (41 per cent) from the Trinamool Congress, the ADR said.

In 2014, 185 Lok Sabha members (34 per cent) had criminal charges and 112 MPs had serious criminal cases against them. In 2009, 162 (nearly 30 per cent) out of the 543 Lok Sabha MPs had criminal charges and 14 per cent had serious criminal charges, it said.

Graphic MPs with criminal cases   -  The Hindu BusinessLine

 

Serious crimes

In the new Lok Sabha, nearly 29 per cent of the cases are related to rape, murder, attempt to murder or crime against women, the non-governmental organisation said.

“There is an increase of 109 per cent (in 2019) in the number of MPs with declared serious criminal cases since 2009,” it said.

Eleven winners — five from the BJP, two from the Bahujan Samaj Party, one each from the Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party and the YSR Congress, and one independent — have murder charges against them, the ADR said.

Pragya Singh Thakur, the newly-elected BJP MP from Bhopal, faces terror charges in connection with the 2008 Malegaon blasts. The BJP has faced a lot of criticism for fielding her.

Moreover, 29 winners have declared cases related to hate speech, it said.

Dean Kuriakose from the Congress, who won from the Idukki constituency in Kerala, has 204 criminal cases against him, including culpable homicide, house trespass, robbery, criminal intimidation, it added.

Published on May 26, 2019
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