Nineteen percent of your elected representatives in the civic body have criminal cases — some as serious as rape and attempt to murder — against them.
A report released by two NGOs, the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and the Maharashtra Election Watch (MEW), found 43 of the 225 winners have declared they have criminal cases filed against them; 28 of these face serious charges, such as attempt to murder. Three have declared cases such as rape and assault.
The two NGOs analysed 25 of the winners’ self-sworn affidavits. While there are 227 winners, when the data was being analysed, two candidates were yet to upload their information.
The organisations also did a party-wise analysis of winners and criminal cases against them.
Of the 84 Shiv Sena corporators, 22 had criminal cases against them, 12 of these were cases considered serious. Of the BJP’s 81 elected representatives, 11 had declared criminal cases, 8 of which were serious in nature. The Congress, which won 31 seats, have two corporators with criminal cases, while the Nationalist Congress Party, which won 8 seats, had one such winner. Two out of the six independent corporators have also declared criminal cases in their affidavits.
One each from the NCP, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, Samajwadi Party and All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) had also declared criminal cases against them.
The analysis also found that 64% of the new corporators are crorepatis, and that the average asset per winner was Rs6.56 crore; 68% of the corporators who will form the general body on March 8 are aged between 25-50. There is also increase in number of women corporators.
This was also the first election where election commission had put up the flex board outside polling booth detailing asset, criminal charges and education of the candidates t o make an informed choice. The winners of the 2017 election were declared on Februaury 23.