Kolkata, March 7: Mamta Banerjee was clearly not happy that the Election Commission in India decided to conduct polls in West Bengal in six phases.
For the Election Commission it was about security concerns. Going by the numerous incidents that have taken place with a blast a day which began with the incident at Burdwan, the ECI felt that the polls need to be phased out so that utmost security can be provided.
In this context it would be interesting to analyse the candidates in West Bengal and the pending criminal cases they have against them. Here we will analyse the candidates of both 2006 and 2011 courtesy the Association For Democratic Reforms.
Analysis of candidates for 2011:
- 100 (34%) out of 294 MLAs have declared criminal cases against themselves.
- MLAs with Serious Criminal Cases: 72 (24%) MLAs have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, crimes against women etc.
- MLAs with cases related to murder and attempt to murder: 11 MLAs have declared cases related to murder while 28 MLAs have declared cases of attempt to murder. *an MLA might declare charges related to more than one IPC.
- MLAs with cases related to Crimes against Women: 6 MLAs have declared cases related to assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty (IPC Section-354)
- MLAs with cases related to Kidnapping: 5 MLAs have declared cases related to Kidnapping including kidnapping or abducting in order to murder and kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person
- Party wise MLAs with Criminal Cases: 69 (36%) out of 190 MLAs analysed from AITC, 7 (18%) out of 38 MLAs from CPI(M), 15 (39%) out of 38 MLAs from INC and 4 (36%) out of 11 AIFB MLAs have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.
- Party wise MLAs with Serious Criminal Cases: 50 (26%) out of 190 MLAs analysed from AITC, 4 (11%) out of 38 MLAs from CPI(M), 9 (24%) out of 38 MLAs from INC and 4 (36%) out of 11 AIFB MLAs have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.
Analysis for the year 2006:
- Out of 283 MLAs analysed, 45 (16%) have pending criminal cases against them.
- Out of these 45 MLAs with pending criminal cases, there are pending serious criminal cases against 30 MLAs (11%).
- Out of 45 MLAs with pending criminal cases in West Bengal 2006 Assembly, 20 are of CPI (M) there are 8 MLAs from AITC, 6 from INC and 2 from AIFB.
- Out of 7 crorepati MLAs in West Bengal 2006 Assembly, 2 are of CPI (M), 3 are of INC, 1 is of AITC, and 1 is of WBSP.