Surge in number of newly elected MLAs with serious criminal cases

Lester Mason
May 18, 2018

As the battle to form government in Karnataka heats up, the Kerala Tourism through a tweet (now deleted) made an offer to the newly-elected Karnataka MLAs facing the melee of a hung verdict to cool-off in Gods Own Country!

In 2013, the Karnataka assembly had 34% MLAs with criminal cases, while in 2008, the proportion of elected MLAs with criminal background was 24%, says an analysis by Karnataka Election Watch and Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR).

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has emerged as the largest party in the legislature with 103 seats, has 42 MLAs or 41per cent of MLAs with criminal background, while the Congress and JD (S) both have 30 per cent of MLAs elected with declared criminal background.

BOOM had earlier reported that 37% of BJP candidates, 27% of Congress candidates and 21% of JD (S) candidates are accused in criminal cases.

The three elected MLAs with the highest declared assets all belong to the Congress - contrary to the popular belief that it is only the BJP, which has used money power during the elections.

Earlier on May 15 also the Kerala government had made an wonderful offer to the newly-elected Karnataka MLAs facing the melee of a hung verdict - unwind in "God's Own Country".

Compared to 2013, the state has also seen more candidates with criminal cases being voted to victory in the recent election.

The report also shows that in the BJP, there is a 5 per cent jump in the number of MLAs with assets worth more than Rs 1 crore, while it increased by 4 per cent for Congress MLAs. CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, on Tuesday published a series of tweets arguing why the JD (S)-Congress deserved to form the government in Karnataka given their combined numbers. SA Ramadas from Krishnaraja constituency in Mysuru is the poorest MLA with an asset of ₹39 lakh. 505 of the MLAs have property above ₹10 crore.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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