New Delhi, Oct 26 : They might have promised to work to eradicate poverty from the land.
But irrespective of caste affiliations and of course cutting across party lines, out of 285 newly-elected MLAs in Maharashtra, as many as 264 - making it a staggeringly high 93 per cent of new legislators in the western state are crorepatis.
Among major parties, 100 (95 per cent) out of 105 MLAs from BJP, 51 (93 per cent) out of 55 MLAs from Shiv Sena, 47 (89 per cent) out of 53 from NCP and 42 making it 96 percent out of 44 MLAs from the Congress have declared assets valued more than Rs 1 crore, a new survey has said.
Closer scrutiny of affidavits of 285 of the total 288 MLAs, the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has found that 62 per cent (176 MLAs) have criminal cases pending against them while 40 per cent - that is 113 newly elected legislators - have serious criminal cases. In total 176 newly-elected MLAs in the Maharashtra are facing criminal charges. Among major parties 65 that is (62 per cent) out of 105 MLAs from BJP and 31 (56 per cent) of 55 Shiv Sena MLAs criminal cases against them.
In Sharad Pawar-NCP, 32 that is 60 percent out of 53 MLAs and 26 making it 59 percent out of 44 MLAs from Congress have declared criminal cases against themselves. Among major parties 40 out of 105 MLAs from BJP, 26 out of 55 MLAs from Sena, 17 out of 53 from NCP and 15 out of 44 MLAs from Congress have declared 'serious criminal' cases against themselves in their affidavits.
Comparing the data, the ADR analysis said in 2014, the state Assembly had 165 MLAs with criminal cases, of which 115 were facing serious criminal charges. "The average of MLAs' assets in the new assembly is Rs 22.42 crore, which was Rs 10.87 crore in 2014. At least 118 MLAs have been re-elected in 2019 elections and the average assets of re-elected MLAs in 2019 is Rs 25.86 crore," the ADR release said.(UNI)