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Many anti-corruption movements have highlighted the increasing criminalisation of politics. Yet, there seems to be no connection between electoral gains and criminalisaiton.  If anything, it seems to work in the candidates’ favour.


Consider this: the recently concluded Gujarat elections saw 57 MLAs (31%) with criminal cases of the total 182 MLAs analysed by Association for Democratic Reforms, which is run by a group of professors of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. ADR’s mission is to improve governance by empowering the electorate and greater accountability of political parties.


IndiaSpend looks at the ADR document that analyses criminal cases against MLAs in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa. And we find that Uttar Pradesh has the maximum number of MLAs with criminal cases (35%). The following table gives an idea of the MLAs of 4 states when it comes to criminal charges:


Table 1: Criminal MLAs


States Total Number of MLAs Analysed MLAs with Pending Criminal Cases %of MLAs with Pending Criminal Cases MLAs with Serious Pending Criminal Cases % of MLAs with Serious Pending Criminal Cases
Uttar Pradesh 403 143 35 76 19
Gujarat 182 57 31 24 13
Punjab 117 20 17 5 4
Uttarakhand 70 17 24 7 10



Out of the total number of 872 MLAs studied by ADR (including Manipur and Goa), 247 had pending criminal cases against them.



From the graph, it is seen that Uttar Pradesh has the highest percentage of MLAs with pending criminal cases, and also tops the list with MLAs having serious pending criminal cases.


Gujarat, incidentally, has a lower number of MLAs but is very near to Uttar Pradesh when it comes to percentage of MLAs with criminal charges. Uttarakhand has lower number of MLAs than Punjab but has a greater percentage of MLAs with criminal charges.


Table 2 gives an idea of the top 3 MLAs of these states who have the maximum number of criminal cases registered against them:


Table 2: Criminal MLAs


Name District/Constituency Party Total Number of Cases Serious IPC Counts
Uttar Pradesh
Dhirendra Pratap Singh Balrampur/Balrampur BSP 29 13
Sushil Kumar Chandauli/Dhanapur BSP 14 13
Ram Prakash Yadav Firozabad/Jasrana IND 11 12
Vasava Chhotubhai Amarsinh Bharuch/Jhagadia JD (U) 28 27
Chaudhuri Shankarbhai Lagdhirbhai Banaskantha/VAV BJP 4 7
Amit Anilchandra Shah Ahmedabad/Naranpura BJP 2 7
Capt.Balbir Singh Bath Gurdaspur/Srihargobindpur SAD 1 3
Nirmal Singh Kahlon Gurdaspur/Fatehgarh SAD 6 2
Kanwarjit Singh Muktsar/Muktsar INC 1 1
Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank Pohrigarhwal/Thalisain BJP 3 1
Ganesh Joshi Dehradun/Rajpur BJP 3 1
Gopal Singh Udhamsinghnagar/Khatima INC 3 1


Most of the cases against Gujarat MLAs are related to rioting.  The charge against Gopal Singh of Uttarakhand is also related to communal disharmony. And most others have one thing in common- attempt to murder.


While Gujarat MLAs figuring in the table are sitting MLAs, interestingly, none of the MLAs of other states are sitting MLAs now…

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