Presidential Election In India Just Around The Corner
A report by a think tank report said on Friday that around 33 per cent of Electoral College Members have declared criminal records against them. The Electoral College includes members of both houses of Parliament as well as State Assemblies.
The analysis is based on the self-sworn affidavits of 4,852 of 4,896 MPs and MLAs as declared by The Association of Democratic Reforms and National Election Watch. On 17th July, the presidential election will take place which has Ram Nath Kovind as the candidate supported by the ruling National Democratic Alliance(NDA) Government and Mira Kumar as a opposition candidate who is the first woman to become Lok Sabha speaker.
According to a report, 33 per cent of 4,521 have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits in the most recent elections. Out of which 20 per cent have serious criminal cases against themselves. They are entitled to cast a total of 3, 67,393 votes which is 34 per cent out of 10, 91,472 votes. Furthermore, 3,460 which is 71 per cent of MPs and MLAs are multi-millionaires as per their self-sworn affidavits submitted to the Election Commission.
Below is the statistics of members of Electoral College with Criminal records from different parties:
|Political Parties||Percentage of members with Criminal Record|
|Bharatiya Janta Party(BJP)||31%|
|Communist Party of India(Marxist)||49%|
|Communist Party of India(CPI)||58%|
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