BJP has 37% criminal MLAs in UP Assembly

Lucknow, Feb 14 (IANS): With the Supreme Court asking political parties to publish the criminal history of their candidates in Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, the focus has again turned on criminalisation of politics.

According to the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), the BJP tops the list with 37 per cent legislators with criminal history.

In the 17th Vidhan Sabha that was elected in 2017, 143 legislators out of the total 403 have 'impressive' criminal antecedents.

The BJP which had won 312 seats in 2017, 114 had declared that they faced criminal cases and 83 were booked under cases of heinous crime.

The Samajwadi Party had managed to win only 47 seats in the last Assembly elections and 14 of the newly elected SP MLAs had admitted to criminal cases in their affidavits.

The Bahujan Samaj Party has 19 legislators in the Assembly, of which five have a criminal background.

The Congress with seven legislators has only one with a criminal history.

The UP Assembly has three independent legislators and all three have serious criminal cases registered against them.

Some UP legislators like Mukhtar Ansari, Kuldeep Sengar and Brijesh Singh are presently in jail.

The trend of inducting criminals into politics began in the eighties when the two mafia dons of eastern Uttar Pradesh -- Hari Shankar Tiwari and Virendra Pratap Shahi --contested and won elections.

Thereafter, all parties started fielding criminals who did not depend on party organisations to contest elections and had ample money and muscle power of their own.

Today, the line has blurred - one does not know if a politician is into crime or a criminal is into politics.


Comment on this article

  • smr, Karkala

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    In 2014 election rallies, Narendra Modi vows to send criminal politicians behind bars If his govt is formed at the Centre & tries to implement this plan, some BJP MPs may also end up behind bars.

    By 2019, nearly half of the newly-elected Lok Sabha members have criminal charges against them, a 26% increase as compared to 2014, according to the Association of Democratic Reforms.

    Of the 539 winning candidates analysed by the ADR, as many as 233 MPs or 43% have criminal charges.

    The BJP has 116 MPs or 39% of its winning candidates with criminal cases, followed by 29 MPs (57%) from the Congress, 13 (81%) from the JDU, 10 (43%) from the DMK and nine (41%) from the TMC, the ADR said.

    No democracy in the world gave ticket to terrorist but BJP even made it possible. Pragya Singh Thakur, the newly-elected BJP MP from Bhopal, faces terror charges in connection with the 2008 Malegaon blasts.

    Whether it is Lok sabha or the state elections the BJP stands to take the top ranking for the highest criminals in the party cases are related to rape, murder, attempt to murder or crime against women and terrorism charges.

    How can economy of the country will improve when junior finace minister Anurag takur in the PM Modi's cabient openly ask for 'Goli Maro'?

    Did Supreme Court new verdict on listing of the criminals in the party portal will change India?
    Jai Hind

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  • ayes p, kudla/ksa

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Everybody knows that most of the UP bjp mlas were criminals

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  • El En Tea, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    How about MPs.....?

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  • Ahmed K. C., Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Obviously, no surprise it's "Jungle Raj" + "Goonda Raj"

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  • Anand, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Ache Din only for BJ P MLA and Andh dead Bakths....

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  • sbm, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    But what will anybody do. nothing.

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