As many as 59 newly elected MLAs, comes to 73 per cent of total number of MLAs have pending criminal cases against them, according to their self sworn affidavits. Out of these 59 MLAs, 26, comes to 32 per cent have pending criminal cases of serious nature like murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping and theft. While 14 of them having cases of attempt to murder, 4 cases related to murder and 14 cases related to theft. More than 26 per cent candidates elected are crorepatis in Jharkhand assembly.

These conclusions were arrived by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW), a nationwide campaign comprising of more than 1200 NGOs and other citizen led organizations, which have been working on electoral reforms, improving democracy and governance in India.

NEW conducted election watches during Jharkhand Assembly Election, 2009.NEW and its partner have analyzed the affidavits of all the elected representatives and have come out with this information.

The total number of contesters were 1491 for 81 seats and NEW has analyzed 1018 affidavits of candidates contested in the election.

Out of 329 candidates with pending criminal cases who contested in these elections, a total of 59 won.

The 2005 Jharkhand assembly had only 31 MLAs with pending criminal records. The number of MLAs with pending criminal records in the new assembly is 59, which is 73 % of the assembly.

There is significant increase in the number of MLAs with not only pending crminall cases, but also with pending serious criminal cases.

There are a total of 21 crorepatis who have been elected to the Jharkhand Vidhan sabha 2009. The 2004 Jharkhand Assembly had only 2 crorepati MLAs.

This assembly show huge increase in the number of crorepati MLAs from 2% to 26%. The average assets of MLAs in 2005 were only 25Lacs. The new average of 91 lacs shows a huge increase of 262% in the average assets of the MLAs.

The analysis also shows that if you have money, your chances of winning elections are much higher.

NEW looks at the contesting candidates and their chances of success and have found that the more money you have, better are your chances of being elected. 35% of candidates, who had declared their asset more than 2 Cr, got elected to Jharkhand Assembly 2009. While only 2% of candidates who had declared low assets, i.e. less than 10 lakhs, got elected to Jharkhand assembly 2009.

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