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MLAs in Uttarakhand, Goa, Manipur with more than 2017 criminal charges: ADR

At least 49 MLAs elected to the 40-member Goa, 60-member Manipur and 70-member Uttarakhand assemblies are facing criminal charges, according to a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). Of these, 34 are facing serious cases.

In 2017, 33 candidates had criminal cases, while 22 candidates from these assemblies had serious charges.

Of the 170 MLAs elected to these assemblies, 145 (85%) are crorepatis, according to the report. In 2017, 123 MLAs from all the three states were crorepatis.

Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly

Of the 70 winning candidates, 19 (27%) have declared criminal cases in their affidavits, including 10 (14%) with serious criminal charges. In 2017, 22 (31%) MLAs had declared criminal cases, while 14 (20%) had declared serious criminal cases.

The BJP got a clear mandate in the state as it won 47 seats, while the Congress got 19 seats. Two candidates are independents, while two are from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

In terms of parties, eight each from BJP and Congress have declared criminal cases in their affidavits. One BSP MLA is facing criminal charges, while both independent MLAs are also on the list. In addition, five (11%) winners from the BJP, four (21%) from the Congress and one independent face serious criminal cases.

A total of 58 (83%) MLAs are crorepatis, up from 51 in 2017. Of the 70 winning candidates, eight (11%) are women. In 2017, 5 (7%) of the 70 MLAs were women.

Goa Legislative Assembly

Goa Election Watch and ADR have analyzed the affidavits of all 40 winning candidates. Of these, 16 (40%) have declared criminal cases. In 2017 the number was nine (23%). In addition, 13 (33%) winning candidates have declared more than six (15%) serious criminal cases in 2017.

In the 40-member Goa Assembly, the BJP got 20 seats, while the Congress got 11. MGP has two MLAs and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has the same number of MLAs. Three are independents and one each from Goa Forward Party and Revolutionary Goa Party.

“Two winning candidates have declared cases relating to crimes against women, of which one has declared cases related to rape (IPC Section 376),” a report said.

In terms of political parties, seven each from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress, while one each from the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and the Goa Forward Party have declared criminal cases in their affidavits. Six each from BJP and Congress, while one from Maharashtrawadi Gomantak has declared serious criminal cases.

“Of the 40 winning candidates analysed, 39 (98%) are crorepatis,” the report said, adding that in 2017 all MLAs were crorepatis.

Also, this time three women have been elected to the house, which is one more than the previous assembly.

Manipur Legislative Assembly

Of the 60 winning candidates, 14 (23%) have declared criminal cases in their affidavits, with 11 (18%) facing serious criminal cases. In 2017, two MLAs had declared criminal cases and both were facing serious charges.

In the 60-member assembly, the BJP has got 32 seats, while the Congress has got five seats. Seven candidates of National People’s Party (NPP) have won, while six candidates of Janata Dal (United) have won. Three candidates are independents, while two are from the Kuki People’s Alliance and five from the Naga People’s Front.

In terms of party, seven (22%) from BJP, four (80%) from Congress and one each from NPP and JD(U) and one independent have declared criminal cases in their affidavits.

Five (16%) from BJP, four (80%) from Congress and one each from NPP and JD(U) have declared serious criminal cases.

Up from 32 in 2017, 48 (80%) newly elected MLAs are crorepatis. In addition, Manipur has elected five (8%) women to the House, up from two in the previous elections.

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