Akhilesh Yadav, the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh may have undertaken a clean up drive, but the fact is that 26 of the 48 cabinet ministers analysed have a criminal record ie 54 per cent of the ministers.
The affidavits of the the newly appointed cabinet ministers which was analysed by the National Election Watch suggests that 54% ministers i.e. (26 out of 48 analyzed) have self declared criminal cases as per their affidavits filed during the recently concluded Assembly Elections. 9 or 19% ministers out of these 48 analyzed have declared serious IPC charges like rape, murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, dacoity against them.
Among these 26 Ministers who have declared criminal cases against themselves, the following Ministers have declared the highest number of criminal cases against them:
1) Mehboob Ali (of SP from Amroha) has declared 15 cases against himself including charges related to attempt to murder, kidnapping, robbery etc.,
2) Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya (IND MLA from Kunda) has declared 8 criminal cases against himself including attempt to murder, kidnapping, dacoity.
3) Arvind Kumar Singh (of SP from Ram Nagar) has declared 3 criminal cases including charges of attempt to murder.
Manoj Kumar Paras of SP from Nagina constituency has declared a rape charge in his affidavit submitted to the Election Commission at the time of his nomination. The others in the list who are in the top ten are Vinod Kumar, Rajendra Singh Rana, Manoj Kumar Paras, Ram Karan Arya, Jagadish and Bhawat Saran.
The affidavits that have been analysed have also found that 38 out of the 48 cabinet ministers in the Yadav cabinet are crorepatis.
Kunwar Anand Singh of SP from Gaura constituency has the highest assets (Rs. 18.30 Crores) among the Uttar Pradesh cabinet ministers followed by Raja Mahendra Aridaman Singh of SP from Bah constituency with assets worth Rs.14.79 Crores followed by Raja Bhaiya an IND MLA from Kunda Constituency with assests worth Rs. 7.11 Crores among the Uttar Pradesh cabinet ministers .
The average asset of a minister in Uttar Pradesh comes out to be 2.79 crores. Balram Yadav member of legislative council in Uttar Pradesh with assets worth 16.31 lakhs, has the lowest assets among all the ministers analyzed in Uttar Pradesh.
Among the 48 ministers analyzed, only 1(2%), Aruna Kumari of SP from Bilhaur is a women minister.
Uttar Pradesh had created a record of sorts. Out of the 2195 candidates which contested the election 795 had criminal records against them. This meant that 35 per cent of the candidates who contested the elections had criminal records against them.
SP had 199 out of 401 (50 per cent), BJP had 144 out of 397 (36 per cent), INC had 120 out of 354 (34 per cent), BSP had 131 out of 403 (33 per cent), Janata Dal(United) had 46 out of 220 (21 per cent), Peace Party had 55 out of 209 (26 per cent), Apna Dal had 22 out of 76 (29 per cent), Qaumi Ekta Dal had 13 out of 38 (34 per cent), Rashtriya Lok Dal had 16 out of 46 (35 per cent), Bundelkhand Congress had 5 out of 33 (15 per cent) candidates with pending criminal cases.
After the final result there were 189 MLAs with a criminal record which meant 47 per cent of the UP assembly had criminal candidates. The number shot up since 2007 when there were 140 such candidates. Out of these 189 MLAs, 98 (24 per cent) have serious criminal cases against them. In 2007, out of the 140 such MLAs 78 faced serious charges.
The most criminal cases (36) found were against Samajwadi Party’s Mitra Sen from the Bikapur constituency. Among these cases, 14 are related to murder. Sushil Singh, an Independent who was elected from Sakaldiha, faces 20 criminal charges including 12 related to murder followed by SP’s Ram Veer Singh, who has 18 criminal cases pending (eight related to murder.