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The Indiaprint
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23.11.2021
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Ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, several revelations have been made in the Uttar Pradesh Election Watch and the Association for Democratic Reform (ADR) report. According to the report, out of 396 MLAs of Uttar Pradesh, 140 i.e. 35 per cent MLAs have criminal cases registered and 106 i.e. 27 per cent MLAs have serious criminal cases registered against them. If we talk party wise, then 106 out of 304 MLAs of BJP, 18 out of 49 MLAs of SP, two MLAs out of 18 of BSP and more MLAs of Congress have criminal cases registered against them. The analysis is based on the affidavits submitted by candidates in the 2017 assembly elections and the by-elections that followed.

The Uttar Pradesh Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reform analyzed the financial, criminal and other details of 396 sitting MLAs out of 403 in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly. Seven seats are vacant in the current assembly. BSP MLAs Lalji Verma and Ram Achal Rajbhar were expelled for anti-party activities. 

Out of 396 in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly, 313 i.e. 79 percent MLAs are crorepatis. Of these, the BJP has the highest number of crorepati MLAs with 77 percent. 235 MLAs of Bharatiya Janata Party are crorepatis. At the same time 42 out of 49 MLAs of Samajwadi Party are crorepatis. In third place, 15 out of 16 MLAs of Bahujan Samaj Party are crorepatis. Five out of seven Congress MLAs are crorepatis. The average assets of MLAs is 5.85 crores.

Talking about the main parties, the average assets of 304 MLAs of Bharatiya Janata Party is 5.04 crores, the average assets of 49 MLAs of Samajwadi Party is 6.07 crores, the average assets of 16 MLAs of Bahujan Samaj Party is 19.27 crores and the average assets of seven Congress MLAs is 10.06 crores. Shah Alam alias Guddu Jamali of the Bahujan Samaj Party is in the first place among the MLAs with the highest assets, who have a total assets of more than 118 crores. In second place too, more than 67 crores from Vinayshankar Chilupar assembly seat of Bahujan Samaj Party. BJP's Rani Pakshalika Singh Bah is in third place, who has assets of more than 58 crores.

If we talk about the liabilities of the MLAs, then 49 MLAs have declared their liability of one crore or more. In these, Nand Gopal Gupta is in first place, 26 crore from Allahabad South seat, Om Kumar who is MLA of Nehtur 11 crore assembly constituency in second place. In third place, Siddharthnath Singh has declared a liability of nine crores from Allahabad West assembly.

Out of 396 MLAs of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly, 95 MLAs have declared their educational qualification between 8th to 12th standard. 290 MLAs have declared their educational qualification as graduation or above. While four MLAs have declared their educational qualification as literate and five MLAs have declared their educational qualification as diploma holder. There are 206 MLAs between 25 and 50 years of age and 190 MLAs between 51 and 80 years in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly. Also 43 women MLAs in the house are women, which is 11 percent of the total MLAs.

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