83% MPs are ‘crorepatis’, 33% have criminal cases

Press Trust of India New Delhi | Updated on March 28, 2019

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At least 83 per cent of 521 sitting MPs are ‘crorepatis’ and 33 per cent of them have criminal cases against them, according to a report by election watchdog Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).

The ADR, an NGO working for electoral reforms, has compiled the report after analysing self-sworn affidavits of the 521 MPs out of 543 members elected to the Lok Sabha in the 2014 elections.

“Out of the 521 sitting MPs analysed, 430 (83 per cent) are crorepatis. While 227 are from the BJP, 37 are from the Congress, and 29 from the AIADMK, among others,” the report said.

The average assets per sitting MP for Lok Sabha 2014 elections are ₹14.72 crore.

While 32 have declared more than ₹50 crore worth of assets, only two sitting MPs have declared assets of less than ₹5 lakh.

At least 33 per cent of the sitting MPs have declared criminal cases against themselves in the affidavits.

“While 106 of them have declared serious criminal cases including murder, attempt to murder, communal disharmony, kidnapping and crimes against women, 10 sitting MPs have declared cases related to murder. Out of these, four sitting MPs are from the BJP, one each from the Congress, NCP, LJP, RJD, and Swabhimani Paksha while one is an Independent,” the report said.

“Fourteen sitting MPs have declared cases of attempt to murder. Out of these, eight are from the BJP and one each from the Congress, AITC, NCP, RJD, Shiv Sena and the Swabhimani Paksha. Fourteen sitting MPs also declared cases related to causing communal disharmony. Of them, 10 are from the BJP and one each from the TRS, PMK, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen and AIUDF,” it added.

Published on March 28, 2019

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