The Pioneer

Around 35 per cent of the present MLAs of Uttar Pradesh Assembly have criminal cases against them while 79 per cent are crorepatis.  These startling details were revealed in a press release issued by Uttar Pradesh Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reform (ADR) after analysing financial, criminal and other details of 396 of the 403 sitting MLAs on tuesday. The analysis is based on the affidavits submitted by candidates in the 2017 Assembly elections and the by-elections that followed. The term of the present Assembly expires next year and polls are slated in February- March, 2022.
As per the ADR, it was found that out of 396 MLAs in the Assembly, 140  or 35 per cent MLAs have criminal cases and 106 or 27 per cent MLAs have serious criminal cases. Party wise, 106 out of 304 MLAs of BJP, 18 out of 49 MLAs of SP and 2 MLAs out of 18 of BSP and 1 MLA of Congress have criminal cases pending against them. The report further said that of the 396 MLAs in the Assembly, 313 or 79 per cent were crorepatis.
The BJP has the highest number of crorepati MLAs (235 out of 304) with 77 percent while 42 out of 49 (86 percent) MLAs of Samajwadi Party were crorepatis followed by 15 out of 16 MLAs of BSP. Besides, five out of seven Congress MLAs are crorepatis and the average assets of MLAs was Rs 5.85 crores.  
Talking about the main parties, the average assets of 304 MLAs of BJP is Rs 5.04 crore, that  of 49 MLAs of Samajwadi Party is Rs 6.07 crore, of 16 MLAs of BSP is Rs 19.27 crore and the average assets of 7 MLAs of Congress is Rs 10.06 crore.
BSP MLA from Mubarakpur Assembly constituency, Shah Alam alias Guddu Jamali, has total assets of more than Rs 118 crores and tops the list of crorepati MLAs, followed by  BSP's Vinayshankar Tiwari from Chillupar Assembly seat with more than Rs 67 crore and BJP's Rani Pakshalika Singh  from Bah assembly seat  with assets worth Rs 58 crore.
Out of 396 MLAs, 95 have declared their educational qualification between 8th to 12th class passed, 290 MLAs have declared themselves as graduates or above, 4 MLAs have are illiterate and 5 MLAs were Diploma holders. Besides, 206 MLAs are aged between 25 and 50 years and 190 MLAs are between 51 and 80 years. There are 43 women MLAs in the House, which is 11 percent of the total strength.

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