In all, one in three members of legislative assembly (MLA) elected in the four states – Kerala, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Assam and Union territory Puducherry – have at least one criminal case against them, a quick analysis of the affidavits filed by the candidates has revealed.
Of the 822 winning candidates, 270 or 33% had a criminal case against them. There were a combined 1,043 criminal cases against all the candidates or about 1.4 cases per candidates.
The percentage of newly-elected legislators with at least one criminal case was the highest in Kerala where 83 of the 140 members of the legislative assembly – 59% – had a case against them. In all, the new assembly has members with 485 cases against them, an average of 3.5 case per legislator.
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In contrast, 30% of West Bengal’s 294 newly-elected legislators have at least one criminal case against them. Between them, the 88 legislators have a total of 270 cases or 1.1 case per MLA.
In Tamil Nadu, 75 of the 232 winning candidates (32%) have a criminal case. This comes to an average of 1.2 criminal case per legislator.
The proportion is a little higher in neighbouring Puducherry where 11 of the 30 MLAs or 37%, have a case against them.
Assam has the lowest proportion of legislators with a criminal case. Only 13 of the 126 MLAs have a case lodged against them.
Among parties which won 10 or more seats, the parties w/ the highest percentage of MLAs with criminal cases are:According to statistics compiled by the Association for Democratic Reforms, there were fewer candidates with criminal cases in Assam this year as against 2011 when 10% of the 955 candidates had declared at least one criminal case against them. In 2016, only 7% of the 1,062 candidates had a criminal case.