The past three Lok Sabhas have seen an increasing number of legislators with criminal cases—128 in 2004, 162 in 2009 and 184 in 2014.
According to Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), ninety-two out of 267 sitting BJP MPs have declared criminal cases against themselves; fifty-eight of them have been charged with serious crimes, including murder, attempt to murder, communal disharmony, kidnapping, and crimes against women.
One in every three legislator in India is a criminal, with 18 per cent belonging to Congress, 16 per cent from AIADMK, and a staggering 83 per cent from Shiv Sena.
Maharashtra has the highest number of legislators with criminal cases. And it is followed by Bihar, UP, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, and Karnataka.
It’s a worrying trend. The past three Lok Sabhas have seen an increasing number of legislators with criminal cases—128 in 2004, 162 in 2009 and 184 in 2014.
Now you must think: why don’t the political parties ban criminals from contesting? Well, you see it’s not that easy. A candidate facing criminal cases has double the chance of winning compared to a clean candidate.