540 MLAs are crorepatis in the five states where elections took place
GN Bureau | March 21, 2017
A staggering 192 newly elected MLAs in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa have declared criminal cases against themselves. Also, 540 of the new MLAs are crorepatis.
National Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 689 out of 690 newly elected MLAs in the five states.
The report showed that out of the 689 MLAs analysed, 192 (28%) MLAs have declared criminal cases against themselves. Out of these 682 MLAs analysed for 2012 Assembly Elections, 228 (33%) had declared criminal cases against them.
As many as 140 (20%) MLAs have declared serious criminal cases including cases such as murder, attempt to murder etc. Out of 682 MLAs analysed during assembly elections in 2012, 100 (17%) MLAs had declared serious criminal cases against themselves.
As many as 193 (28%) MLAs have declared their education qualification to be between 5th pass and 12th pass while 473 (69%) MLAs have declared having an educational qualification of graduate or above.
As far as their age goes, 329 (48%) MLAs have declared their age to be between 25 and 50 years while 358 (52%) MLAs have declared their age to be between 51 and 80 years.One MLA has declared his age to be above 80 years .
Out of the 689 newly elected MLAs analysed, 540 (78%) are crorepatis. Out of 682 MLAs analysed during 2012 assembly elections, 456(67%) MLAs were crorepatis.
Uttar Pradesh has 322 crorepatis, while Punjab had 95 crorepatis. There were 51 crorepatis in Uttarakhand and 32 crorepatis were there in Manipur.
Incidentally, all the 40 MLAs in Goa are crorepatis.
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This piece is based on a previous article by the authors published in Geoforum [Elsevier] in May 2019: available online: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/ S0016718519300764?via%3Dihub
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