According to the self-sworn affidavits of  MPs and MLAs, as many as 58 of them have cases against them for delivering hate speeches, reveals a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and the National Election Watch (NEW). The report, released on Wednesday, analysed the affidavits these lawmakers submitted before fighting the last elections says Outlook.

As per the report, while no Rajya Sabha MP has such a case against them, 15 Lok Sabha MPs declared cases of making inciting speeches against them. Of those 15 MPs, BJP tops the list with 10 MPs, followed by All India United Democratic Front, Telangana Rashtra Samiti, Pattali Makkal Katchi and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul-Muslimeen (AIMIM). BJP also leads with the maximum number of MLAs (17) with cases of hate speeches against them. It is followed by TRS and AIMIM with five each, TDP with three,  Congress, Trinamool Congress, JD (S) and SHS with two each, DMK, SP and BSP with one each, and two Independents.

If we go by the state-wise data, 11 sitting MLAs are from Telangana, nine from UP, four each from Bihar and Maharashtra, three each from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, two each from Uttarakhand and West Bengal, and one each from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jharkhand. Prominent leaders who have cases against them are AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi, Badruddin Jamal (AIUDF) and Uma Bharati (BJP).

Another ADR report had revealed that 48 MPs and MLAs had declared cases of crime against women and of these, 26 have rape charges on them.

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