Mumbai: Devendra Fadnavis, known to be Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s blue-eyed boy was sworn-in as Chief Minister here in a grand ceremony. It is learnt that Fadnavis is chosen for the top job for his squeaky clean image!
However, facts are against this claim as the new CM from BJP has 22 charges of rioting registered against him.
If we talk about Maharashtra Assembly in general, it is also fully loaded with crime accused.
Jitendra Ahwad of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and a doctorate has 15 criminal cases against him, including kidnapping.
Women MLAs are also not behind.  Out of 20, seven face criminal charges and other five face charges as serious as crime against women.
50 MLAs who will now work with government officers and expected to uphold the law, are charged with assault against public servants.
According to a report by New Delhi-based Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), out of 2,336 candidates of various parties, 798 had criminal cases against them.
Another wedsite, IndiaSpend analysis, shows that more than 50 per cent members of the Assembly have criminal cases against them.
Out of the 288-member assembly, 165 members have criminal cases against them, says analysis. 
It is a disturbing yet growing trend that the number of MLAs with criminal cases is rising with every election. In 2004 percentage was 46, in 2009 it grew to 52 per cent and in 2014 it is 57 per cent.
In 2014 115 MLAs are facing serious criminal charges include murder and attempt to murder, kidnapping, forgery and rioting.
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