Will Tamil Nadu have lesser candidates with criminal background this time?

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Tamil Nadu, Mar 4: The polls in Tamil Nadu are round the corner. With parties busy stitching up alliances, it would also be interesting to know the manner in which the tickets are distributed among the candidates this time.

Will the number of candidates with a criminal background reduce this time.

Tamil Nadu

Elections held in 2011 at Tamil Nadu witnessed a total of 2,748 candidates battling it out.

According to this report prepared by the Association for Democratic Reforms 70 per cent of the 234 MLAs in the assembly had pending criminal cases against them.

AIADMK has 49 out of 150 (33 %), DMK has 7 out of 23 (30 %) and DMDK has 6 out of 29 (21 %) MLAs with pending criminal cases.

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Out of these 70 MLAs with pending criminal cases, 37 have pending serious criminal cases like murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, robbery, extortion etc.

AIADMK has 29, CPI(M) has 2, DMK has 2 , CPI has 1, Puthiya Thamilagam has 1, PMK has 1 and DMDK has 1 MLA with pending serious criminal cases.

There were a total of 84 IPC charges of heinous nature on the MLAs. These include murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, extortion, etc.

A total of 120 MLAs out of 234 i.e. 51% are crorepatis. 

Among major parties, the average asset per MLA for DMK is approximate 9.21 crore , for INC it is 4.41 
crore , for AIADMK it is 3.78 crore and for DMDK it is 3.40 crore.

A total of 122 MLAs out of 234 declared liabilities of 5 Lakhs or above.

25% of MLAs (59 of 234) had not furnished PAN card details.

Total number of women MLAs in Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections 2011 is mere 17 comparing to 217 men MLAs, i.e. only 7% of the MLAs in Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly are women.

More than 48% MLAs (113 of 234) are graduates and above. 

There were a total of 84 IPC charges of heinous nature on the MLAs.

These including murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, extortion, etc. The following table gives the details of serious IPC counts for MLAs of major parties.

Out of the 234 MLAs in Tamil Nadu 2011 Assembly Elections, 120 (51%) are crorepatis. 83% of MLAs of DMK are crorepatis and 60% of INC MLAs are also crorepatis.

The average asset of a MLA of 2011 Assembly Election is 3.98 crores. Among major parties, the average asset per MLA for DMK is approximate 9.21 Cro and for AIADMK it is 3.78 crores.

The following table gives the average assets of major parties that contested in the 2011 Assembly Elections:-

A Narayanan of AIADMK from Nanguneri constituency has the highest declared assets among the MLAs of Tamil Nadu 2011 Assembly Election. He declared an asset of Rs. 103.28 crore followed by K.C. Pallani Shamy of DMK from Aravakurichi with assets of Rs. 67.65 crores.

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