44% of lawmakers set to elect President have criminal cases

 
44 percent of lawmakers set to elect president have criminal cases

Lucknow: The MLAs and MPs set to vote for the presidential election have declared criminal cases against them. What has come to light is that 44% of the lawmakers are involved in some kind of unlawful activities.

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According to a report released by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), out of 10,74,364 votes, 4,72,477 votes (44%), are of MPs and MLAs who have declared that there are criminal cases against them. The report says that the ADR and the National Election Watch have sifted through 4,759 out 4,809 affidavits of all sitting MPs and MLAs. It includes 768 out of 776 affidavits of MPs and 3,991 out of 4,033 MLAs from all other states of India.
They collectively form the Electoral College, who will vote for the presidential election on July 18.

Nearly 236 (44 per cent) out of 542 Lok Sabha MPs, 71(31 per cent) out of 226 Rajya Sabha MPs and 1,723(43 per cent) out of 3,991 MLAs (all state assemblies/UTs) analysed, have declared criminal cases against themselves.

Of the 4,759 MPs/MLAs analysed, 1,316 (28 per cent) members have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in a self-sworn affidavit filed with the ECI before their most recent elections.

About 157 (29 per cent) out of 542 Lok Sabha MPs, 37 (16 per cent) out of 226 Rajya Sabha MPs and 1122 (28%) out of 3991 MLAs (all state assemblies/UTs) analysed have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

The report further says that 3843 (81%), out of 4759 MPs/ MLAs analysed, are crorepatis as per their self-sworn affidavits submitted to the ECI at the time of nomination for contesting elections.

About 477 (88%) out of 542 Lok Sabha MPs, 197 (87%) out of 226 Rajya Sabha MPs and 3161 (79%) out of 3991 MLAs (all state assemblies/UTs) analysed are crorepatis.

Meanwhile, of the total 4,759 MPs/MLAs who are entitled to vote in the upcoming Presidential Election, only 477 (10%) are women.

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Based on the number of votes the MPs/MLAs are entitled to vote, 1,30,304 (13%) out of 10,74,364 are women votes. Among MPs, Lok Sabha has 56,700 (15%) votes out of 3,79,400 from 81 women MPs and Rajya Sabha has 21,700 (14%) out of 1,58,200 votes analysed from 31 women MPs. Among State assemblies, Uttar Pradesh has the maximum number of women voters with 9,776 votes out of 83,824 (47 out of 403 MLAs) followed by West Bengal with 6,191 votes out of 44,394 (41 out of 294 MLAs) and Bihar with 4,498 votes out of 41,693 (26 out of 241 MLAs).