In a comprehensive analysis conducted by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW), self-sworn affidavits of 763 sitting Members of Parliament (MPs) from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were examined, shedding light on concerning statistics about their criminal backgrounds and financial assets.
Out of the 763 sitting MPs analyzed, a staggering 40% (306 MPs) have declared criminal cases against them. Even more alarming, 25% of these MPs, which equates to 194 individuals, have declared serious criminal cases. These serious charges include murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, and crimes against women, among others.
The report highlights that among the political parties, 36% of BJP MPs, 53% of Congress MPs, 39% of TMC MPs, 83% of RJD MPs, 75% of CPI(M) MPs, 27% of AAP MPs, 42% of YSRCP MPs, and 38% of NCP MPs have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.
In further detail, 11 sitting MPs have declared cases related to murder (IPC Section-302), while 32 sitting MPs have declared cases of attempted murder (IPC Section-307). Shockingly, 21 sitting MPs have declared cases related to crimes against women, including four MPs with cases related to rape (IPC Section-376).
The analysis also delves into the financial aspects of the MPs. The average worth of assets per MP from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha is Rs 38.33 crores, with 7% of them being billionaires.
Among the major parties, the average assets per MP for BJP is Rs 18.31 crores, for Congress it's Rs 39.12 crores, for TMC it's Rs 8.72 crores, for YSRCP it's Rs. 153.76 crores, for TRS it's Rs. 383.51 crores, for NCP it's Rs. 30.11 crores, and for AAP it's Rs. 119.84 crores.
The state with the highest average assets per MP is Telangana, followed by Andhra Pradesh and Punjab. Conversely, the states with the lowest average assets of MPs are Lakshadweep, Tripura, and Manipur.
Furthermore, the report highlights that among the 53 billionaire MPs, a notable percentage comes from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, and Karnataka.
These findings from the ADR and NEW report paint a concerning picture of the Indian political landscape, with a significant number of sitting MPs facing criminal charges while also boasting substantial financial assets. The report serves as a stark reminder of the need for transparency, accountability, and ethical governance in the country's political arena.