Posted on May 27, 2019, 6:23 PM IST
APPRISING OF THE NEWLY ELECTED PARLIAMENTARIANS
The Narender Modi led NDA has enjoyed a staggering mandate in the 17 th Lok Sabha elections. While the whole nation rejoices, a rather astonishing observation has come to fore.
According to the Association of democratic reforms “Nearly half of the newly-elected Lok Sabha members have criminal charges against them, a 26% increase as compared to 2014”. This statement has been published in The Hindu.
Though the pro Modi wave prior to the elections was in full bloom, the campaigning was still no mean feat. The BJP has proven its worth yet again and emerged victorious with an unprecedented mandate. The ADR has analyzed 539 of the newly elected winning candidates and the inferences deduced are as follows “The BJP has 116 MPs or 39 per cent of its winning candidates with criminal cases, followed by 29 MPs (57 per cent) from the Congress, 13 (81 per cent) from the JDU, 10 (43 percent) from the DMK and nine (41 per cent) from the TMC. There is an increase of 109 per cent (in 2019) in the number of MPs with declared serious criminal cases since 2009 ”.
BJP’s elected MP from Bhopal, Pragya Thakur faces serious terror charges in connection to the 2008 Malegaon blasts.29 percent of the faltering cases are related to rapes, murder, attempt to murder or crimes against women. Dean Kuriakose, a Congress candidate who has won from the Idukki constituency in Kerala has 204 criminal cases against him including house trespass, culpablehomicide, robbery and criminal intimidation.
The citizens of India have shown immense trust in the newly elected parliamentarians. The nation is in hopes of entering a new phase of politics which shall stay focused towards holistic development. Though not in bad taste, but these analysis by the ADR are definitely worth pondering over.