According to a report from ADR, 63% of the newly elected MLAs from Delhi are crorepatis, while 34% have criminal cases registered against them. Candidates with criminal cases, who lost the elections, include 21 Congress candidates, 26 BJP candidates, 12 BSP candidates and one candidate from AAP
The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has revealed that 34% of the newly elected members in the Delhi Assembly have registered criminal cases against them, while 63% of them are crorepatis. On the positive front, none of the MLAs have been charged with any iniquitous crimes so far, such as murder and crimes against women, ADR said in a report.
The analysis presented in the ADR release has been done based on data collected from the affidavits (available in the Election Commission of India website) filed by the candidates in which they are mandated to disclose information regarding any criminal cases registered against them. They candidates are also required to submit information regarding their financial, educational, profession and age details.
had published an article
last month based on an earlier ADR release regarding the details of the outgoing candidates in the Delhi Assembly. It was found that about 36% of them had registered criminal cases against them, 73% of them were crorepatis and 47% had an educational qualification of just 12th pass or below.
In this batch of new elects, 34% have registered criminal charges, 63% are crorepatis and 34% have an educational qualification of 12th pass or below. The number of women elected in the assembly (6) has also improved from a four candidates in 2013. Clearly, there has been a positive shift in the overall profile of the Assembly.
While 34% of the elected candidates do have criminal charges against them, none of them have been charged with serious crimes such as murder or rape. This is marked improvement from the previous years. Of the 70 outgoing candidates elected in 2013, 20 of them had been charged of heinous crimes such as murder, dacoity and assault against women, ADR says.
Moreover, the report pointed to the fact that “91 out of 673 candidates with criminal cases, including 60 candidates with serious criminal cases like murder, attempt to murder, crimes against women lost the Delhi Assembly Elections. Candidates with criminal cases who lost the elections include 21 Congress candidates, 26 BJP candidates, 12 BSP candidates and one candidate from AAP.” The chances of victory for candidates with a clean record was calculated to be 8% (2% increase from 2008), but the chances of victory for a candidate with a criminal record has been 21% (5% decrease since 2008). It is clear that the people of Delhi wanted to “sweep” crime off their streets.
The candidates with registered criminal cases against them include 23 from AAP and 1 from BJP.
Financial Background and Average Assets.
Average assets per MLA this election has been Rs6.29 crore, compared to Rs10.83 crore in 2013. Furthermore, “186 candidates who had declared their total assets worth more than Rs1 crore lost the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections. Out of these candidates who lost, 51 candidates had assets worth more than Rs10 crore, 13 had more than Rs20 crore, 7 had more than Rs30 crore and 1 candidate, Manjinder Singh Sirsa of SAD from Rajouri Garden Constituency had total assets worth Rs239 crore.”, the report read.
44 out of the 70 newly elected candidates (63%) are crorepatis, a good 10% less than 2013. 11 of them have total assets worth over 10 crores. The top from crorepatis are from AAP – Parmila Tokas (R K Puram constituency) with total assets worth over 87 crores, Naresh Balyan (Uttam Nagar constituency) with assets worth over 58 crores, Kailash Gahlot (Najafgarh constituency) whose assets are worth over 37 crores, and Naresh Yadav (Mehrauli) with total assets worth over 26 crores.
Also, 10 MLAs have declared liabilities of over 1 crore, while 5 MLAs (all from AAP) have not declared their income tax details as yet. Of the re-elected MLAs, their average assets s in 2015 are Rs2.38 crore, and the average growth in assets of re-elected MLAs from 2013 to 2015 has been Rs13.69 lakh, i.e., 6%. The average assets growth of 21 re-elected AAP MLAs has been Rs6.66 lakh i.e. by 4%.
Since the previous elections in 2013, there has been a 10% jump (61% in 2015) in the number of MLAs with a graduate degree or above, and a 13% fall (34% in 2015) in the number of candidates with an educational qualification of 12th pass or below.
Another change has been notices in the distribution of MLAs in different age brackets. 70% of the new elects are between the ages of 25 and 50, compared to 57% in the previous election. 29% of the MLAs are between the ages of 50 and 70.