New Bihar assembly has 142 candidates with criminal background

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Patna, Nov 11: The newly elected Bihar assembly has 142 candidates out of the 243 who have declared criminal cases against them.

Out of all the 243 MLAs analysed, 142 (58%) MLAs have declared criminal cases against themselves. Out of 228 MLAs analysed during Bihar Assembly elections in 2010, 130 (57%) MLAs had declared criminal cases against themselves says this report by the Association for Democratic Reforms.

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MLAs with serious criminal cases:

98 (40%) MLAs have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to murder, attempt to murder, communal disharmony, kidnapping, crimes against women etc. Out of 228 MLAs analysed during Bihar Assembly elections in 2010, 76 (33%) MLAs had declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

MLAs with criminal cases where charges have been framed:

Out of the 142 MLAs who have declared pending criminal cases against themselves, 70 (49%) have declared that the charges for these cases have already been framed by the court of law.

MLAs with cases related to murder and attempt to murder:

11 MLAs have declared cases related to murder. Out of the total 11, 4 MLAs are from Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), 2 from Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) (Liberation) (CPI (ML) (L)), 2 MLAs of Janata Dal United (JD(U)), and 1 each of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Lok Jan Shakti Party (LJP) along with 1 Independent declared cases related to murder in their respective affidavits . 29 MLAs have declared cases related to attempt to murder.  7 MLAs of RJD, 2 of (CPI (ML) (L)), 11 MLAs of (JD(U)), 4 MLAs from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), 1 of Lok Jan Shakti Party (LJP), 2 MLAs of Indian National Congress (INC) along with 2 Independent MLAs declared cases related to murder against themselves.

MLAs with cases related to crimes against women:

3 MLAs have declared cases related to crimes against women with 1 offence related to assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty (IPC Section-354) and 1 charge related to causing miscarriage without woman's consent (IPC Section-313). Gulab Yadav, RJD MLA from Jhanjharpur constituency has declared 1 case related to rape (IPC Section- 376) against himself.

MLAs with cases related to causing communal disharmony:

4 MLAs have declared cases related to promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony (IPC Section-153A). While Dr. Sunil Kumar, BJP MLA from Biharsharif constituency has declared 2 charges related to IPC Section-153A against himself, 3 other MLAs have declared 1 charge each under the stated section of the IPC.

MLAs with cases related to kidnapping:

10 MLAs have declared cases related to kidnapping. Anant Kumar Singh, an Independent MLA from Mokama constituency has declared 2 charges related to kidnapping or abducting in order to murder (IPC Section-364) against himself.

Party wise MLAs with criminal cases:

46 (58%) out of 80 MLAs from RJD, 37 (52%) out of 71 MLAs from JD(U), 34 (64%) out of 53 MLAs from BJP, 16 (59%) out of 27 MLAs from INC, 3 (100%) out of 3 CPI(ML)(L) MLAs, 1 (50%) out of 2 MLAs of Rashtriya Lok Samta Party, 2 (100%) out of 2 MLAs from LJP have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

Party wise MLAs with serious criminal cases:

34 (43%) out of 80 MLAs from RJD, 28 (39%) out of 71 MLAs from JD(U), 19 (36%) out of 53 MLAs from BJP, 11 (41%) out of 27 MLAs from INC, 2 (67%) out of 3 CPI(ML)(L) MLAs, 1 (50%) out of 2 MLAs of Rashtriya Lok Samta Party, 1 (50%) out of 2 MLAs from LJP have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

Crorepati MLAs:

Out of the 243 newly elected MLAs, 162 (67%) are crorepatis. Out of 228 MLAs analysed during Bihar 2010 assembly elections, 45 (20%) MLAs were crorepatis.51 (64%) out of 80 MLAs from RJD, 53 (75%) out of 71 MLAs from JD(U), 32 (60%) out of 53 MLAs from BJP, 19 (70%) out of 27 MLAs from INC, 1 (50%) out of 2 MLAs of Rashtriya Lok Samta Party, 2 (100%) out of 2 MLAs from LJP have declared assets valued more than Rs 1 crore.

The average of assets per MLA who won in the Bihar 2015 assembly elections is Rs. 3.02 crores, whereas the average asset for each candidate who contested in the 2015 assembly elections is Rs 1.44 crores. In 2010, the average assets per 228 MLAs analyzed was Rs 82.46 lakhs.

Among major parties, the average assets per MLA for 53 BJP MLAs analysed is Rs 2.36 crores, 80 RJD MLAs have average assets of 
Rs 3.12 crores, 71 JD(U) MLAs have average assets worth of Rs.2.56 crores and 27 INC MLAs have average assets of Rs. 4.39 crores.

Number of re-elected MLAs:

-Number of re-elected MLAs analysed in the assembly elections of 2015 is 80.

-The average assets of re-elected MLAs in 2010 were valued at Rs 1.05 crores.

-The average assets of re-elected MLAs in 2015 were valued at Rs 3.04 crores.

-The growth in average assets of re-elected MLAs’ is Rs 1.98 crores i.e. by 188%.

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