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Chhatisgarh cleanest on MLA criminal cases

PTI  New Delhi, December 09, 2013
First Published: 22:24 IST(9/12/2013) | Last Updated: 22:28 IST(9/12/2013)

Emerging as the cleanest among the four new assemblies, Chhattisgarh accounts for the lowest percentage of MLAs with criminal cases while the number of such newly elected MLAs is highest in Delhi.

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As per an analysis of criminal cases declared by candidates in their election affidavits, 17% of newly elected MLAs in Chhatisgarh (15) have criminal cases registered against them in the 90-member assembly.

On the other hand, 36% of newly elected Delhi MLAs (25) have criminal cases registered against them in the 70-member assembly, according to data compiled by non-profit organisation Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).

Delhi is closely followed by Madhya Pradesh with 31% or 72 elected members with criminal records. The state has 230 assembly seats.

In Rajasthan, 18% elected candidates (36) have declared criminal cases against themselves. Rajasthan has 200 assembly seats.

On the other hand, there are 45 winners in Madhya Pradesh (20%) with declared 'serious criminal cases', as per ADR database.

In Delhi, there are 20 such newly elected members (29%), while the same for Rajasthan stand at 19 (10%).

In Chhatishgarh, there are only 8 winners with declared serious criminal cases (9%).

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