Assembly Polls 2021: 52 per cent of winning candidates have criminal records, says ADR report

Assembly Polls 2021: 52 per cent of winning candidates have criminal records, says ADR report Visual from a rally in West Bengal (Image altered for illustrative purpose using picture from ANI)

New Delhi: Among the winning candidates in the 15th legislative assembly, 52 per cent have criminal cases registered against them while 30 per cent have declared serious criminal cases in their affidavits, this was revealed by an analysis done by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) on Wednesday. 

The analysis was based on the affidavits submitted to the Election Commission of India. About 66 percent of winning candidates are crorepatis and their average asset value is Rs 5.93 Crores. The election watch body analysed 808 out of 822 winning candidates in the Union territory of Puducherry and four states of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. As per the report, 14 winning candidates were not analysed due to unclear affidavit available on the ECI website at the time of making this report.

Among political parties, every winning candidate in Janadhipathiya Kerala Congress and Revolutionary Marxist Party of India have serious criminal charges, while 60 per cent of Pattali Makkal Katchi candidates are serious offenders. Meanwhile, in terms of numbers, Trinamool leads with 73 candidates with serious criminal charges followed by Bharatiya Janata Party with 49 candidates and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam with 42 winning candidates.

Party Name Total number of Winning Candidates analyzed Winning Candidates with declared Criminal Cases % of Winning Candidates with declared criminal cases Winning Candidates with declared serious criminal cases % of Winning Candidates with declared serious criminal cases
DMK 131 99 76% 42 32%
AITC 213 91 43% 73 34%
BJP 147 65 44% 49 33%
INC 68 44 65% 28 41%
CPI(M) 62 44 71% 16 26%
AIADMK 66 15 23% 5 8%
IUML 14 12 86% 4 29%
AIUDF 16 10 63% 8 50%
CPI 19 9 47% 2 11%
Independent 14 9 64% 5 36%
Pattali Makkal Katchi 5 4 80% 3 60%
All India N.R. Congress 10 3 30% 1 10%
Kerala Congress (M) 5 3 60% 0 0%
Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi 4 3 75% 1 25%
Kerala Congress 2 2 100% 0 0%
AGP 9 1 11% 1 11%
Congress (Secular) 1 1 100% 0 0%
Kerala Congress (Jacob) 1 1 100% 0 0%
Janadhipathiya Kerala Congress 1 1 100% 1 100%
Revolutionary Marxist Party of India 1 1 100% 1 100%
United Peoples Party- Liberal 6 1 17% 1 17%
Others 13 0 0% 0 0%
Total 808 419 52% 241 30%

The State-wise analysis shows 39 per cent of winners in West Bengal are criminals, highest among 5 assemblies, followed by Kerala at 27 per cent and Tamil Nadu with 25 per cent.

S.No. State Total Number of Winning Candidates Analysed Number of Winning Candidates with Declared Criminal Cases % of Winning Candidates with declared criminal cases Number of Winning Candidates with Declared Serious Criminal Cases % of Winning Candidates with declared serious criminal cases
1 Assam 126 34 27% 28 22%
2 Kerala 136 96 71% 37 27%
3 Puducherry 30 13 43% 6 20%
4 Tamil Nadu 224 134 60% 57 25%
5 West Bengal 292 142 49% 113 39%
Total 808 419 52% 241 30%

Figure: State-wise Percentage of Winning Candidates with criminal cases (Courtesy: ADR)

Every winning candidate from Kerala Congress (M), Kerala Congress, NCP, JD(S), Kerala Congress (Jacob), Kerala Congress (B), Loktantrik Janta Dal, Indian National League, National Secular Conference, Janadhipathiya Kerala Congress were crorepatis. However it must be added that last six parties–Kerala Congress (Jacob), Kerala Congress (B), Loktantrik Janta Dal, Indian National League, National Secular Conference, Janadhipathiya Kerala Congress, have only one winning candidate each.

The highest number of crorepatis came from All India Trinamool Congress with 132 rich candidates followed by DMK with 114 crorepatis and BJP with 77 crorepatis who won the polls this time.

Party Name Total number of Winning Candidates analyzed Number of Crorepati Winning Candidates Percentage of Crorepati Winning Candidates
AITC 213 132 62%
DMK 131 114 87%
BJP 147 77 52%
AIADMK 66 58 88%
INC 68 50 74%
CPI(M) 62 25 40%

The readers can read the complete report here.

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