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New Delhi:  Last year's Supreme Court ruling barring MPs convicted in criminal cases from contesting Lok Sabha Elections had little impact on the psyche of political parties in India.
More than 30 percent of the MPs in the newly elected LS will have a criminal background, National Election Watch (NEW) and Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) revealed.
 As many as 186 MPs (34%) have disclosed criminal cases against them in election affidavit signed at the time of filing their candidature.
 The percentage was slightly higher than 2009 when 30% of the MPs had criminal background.
 The winning chance of a candidate with criminal background was 13%; in contrast, a candidate with clean background enjoyed a winning chance of mere 5%.
 Out of the 186 elected MPs with criminal background, 112 had cases of serious criminal charges levied against them. A serious criminal case includes charges like, rape, kidnapping, crime against woman, causing communal disharmony, attempt to murder etc.
 A close look at these 281 MPs would reveal that 98 of the MPs with criminal background are from BJP. That would mean 35% of all BJP's elected MPs had criminal cases filed against them.
 This was followed by Congress with 8 MPs (18%) of its 44 elected MPs in the LS.
Sixteen percent of AIADMK's 37 elected MPs have criminal backgrounds. A massive 83 % of Shiv Sena's 18 winners had their names on at least one criminal case.
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