The Assam Tribune

GUWAHATI, May 18 – As many as 186 (34 per cent) of the 541 winners in the Lok Sabha polls have declared criminal cases against them. In the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, 158 (30 per cent) winners out of 521 winners analysed had declared criminal cases against them.

The findings are from a study done by National Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) which analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 541 winners out of 543 winners in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Two winners could not be analysed due to unclear/incomplete affidavits uploaded on the ECI website at the time of making of this report.

One hundred and twelve (21 per cent) winners have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to murder, attempt to murder, communal disharmony, kidnapping, crimes against women, etc. Out of 521 winners analysed during 2009 Lok Sabha polls, 77 (15 per cent) winners had declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

Nine winners have declared cases related to murder. Out of these, four winners have been fielded by BJP, one winner by INC, LJP, RJD, Swabhimani Paksha each, while onewinner is an independent. Seventeen winners have declared cases of attempt to murder. Out of these, ten winners have been fielded by BJP, two winners by AITC, and onewinner each from INC, NCP, RJD, Shiv Sena and Swabhimani Paksha.

Sixteen winners declared cases related to causing communal disharmony, and of these, 12 were fielded by BJP and one by TRS, Pattali Makkal Katchi, All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen and AIUDF each.

Ten winners have declared cases related to robbery and dacoity. Out of these, sevenwinners have been fielded by BJP, one winner each from RJD, Swabhimani Paksha, and one winner is an Independent.

Seven winners have declared cases related to kidnapping. Out of these, three have been fielded by BJP, one winner each from AITC, LJP and RJD each, while one winner is an Independent.

Four hundred fourteen winners (77 per cent) occupy top three highest asset positions in their respective constituencies. One hundred fifty-nine (29 per cent) winners have the highest declared assets in their constituencies, while 142 (26 per cent) winners have the second highest declared assets in their constituencies.

A total of 131 (29 per cent) out of 449 candidates with assets more than Rs 10 crore won in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, while 70 (22 per cent) out of 320 candidates with assets between Rs 5 crore to Rs 10 crore and 241 (17 per cent) out of 1,443 candidates with assets between Rs 1 crore to Rs 5 crore won the elections.

The average asset per winner for Lok Sabha 2014 elections is Rs 14.61 crore whereas the average asset for each candidate was Rs 3.16 crore. In 2009, the average asset perwinner for 521 winners analysed was Rs 5.35 crore.

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