New Madhya Pradesh Assembly Has 187 ‘Crorepati’ Legislators

An analysis organized by the Madhya Pradesh Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has shows that in the newly-elected 230-member legislative assembly, a total of 187 MLAs are multi-millionaires or ‘crorepatis’, while 41 percent of the total number have criminal cases against them.

A party-wise study of the state assembly has revealed that 91(84 per cent) out of 109 MLAs from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), 90(79 per cent) out of 114 MLAs from Congress, 1 (50 per cent) out of 2 MLAs from BahujanSamaj Party (BSP), 1 MLA from Samajwadi Party (SP) and 4 independent MLAs have declared assets valued more than Rs. 1 crore.

The average of assets per MLA in the Madhya Pradesh 2018 assembly elections is Rs. 10.17 crore, compared to Rs. 5.24 crore in 2013. Moreover, the average assets per MLA for 114 Congress MLAs analyzed is Rs. 9.41 crore, while 109 BJP MLAs have average assets of Rs. 11.16 crore and 4 Independent MLAs have average assets worth Rs. 9.24 crore.

On the one hand, BJP’s Sanjay Satyendra Pathak from Vijayraghavgarh constituency has shown assets worth over Rs. 226 crore, making him the MLA with the highest declared assets, and on the other hand, a BJP MLA from Pandhana constituency, Ram Dangore, ranks the lowest on the list with total assets worth Rs. 50,749.

The study has also highlighted names of 16 MLAs who have declared their total assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore but have not filed income tax returns for the same.

The 230-member Assembly comprises 94 (41 percent) MLAs who have declared criminal cases against themselves, compared to 73 (32 percent) MLAs in 2013. 47(20 percent) MLAs have declared critical criminal cases including cases related to murder, attempt to murder, and crime against women, the analysis noted.

Moreover, 6 MLAs have declared cases concerned to attempt to murder (IPC Section 307), while one Congress MLA, Sukhdev Panse from Multai constituency, has declared case related to murder(IPC Section 302).

3 MLAs have declared cases related to crime against women such as Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty (IPC Section-354) and Husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty (IPC Section-498A)

A party-wise analysis has shown that 56 (49 percent) out of 114 MLAs from Congress, 34 (31 percent) out of 109 MLAs from BJP, 2 from BSP, 1 from SP and 1 out of 4 independent MLAs have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

Adding more, 28 (25 percent) out of 114 MLAs from Congress, 15 (14 percent) out of 109 MLAs from BJP, 2 from BSP, 1 from SP and 1 out of 4 independent MLAs have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

The Study also shows that in the 230-member Assembly, 67 percent or 155 MLAs have a graduate degree while 64 or 28 percent is a 5th-12th pass.

Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh were held in a single phase on November 28, while outcomes were declared on December 11.

With 114 Congress candidates elected to power, the party fell two seats short of a total majority. However, they later roped in support from the elected legislators of the BSP (2), SP (1) and four independent candidates.

On Thursday, the Congress announced Kamal Nath as the new chief minister of Madhya Pradesh. His swearing-in ceremony will be held on December 17.

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