Report card of the Electoral College that selects India’s President


The Presidential elections will be held on July 18 and 4,809 sitting MLAs and MPs would decide the fate of the Murmu vs Sinha battle

New Delhi, July 12: The Presidential elections are slated to be held on July 18 and it would be a contest between the NDA’s Draupadi Murmu and the Opposition’s Yashwant Sinha.

There are 4,809 sitting MPs and MLAs from across all states who collectively form the Electoral College. The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and the National Election Watch have analysed 4,759 of the 4,809 affidavits of all the sitting MPs and MLAs. This includes 768 out of the 776 affidavits of MPS and 3,991 of the 4,033 MLAs from all the states and Union Territories.

MPs/ MLAs with Criminal Cases:

  • Out of the 4,759 MPs/MLAs analysed, 2,030(43%) members have declared criminal cases against themselves in a self-sworn affidavit filed with the Election Commission of India (ECI) before their most recent elections.
  • 236 (44 per cent) out of 542 Lok Sabha MPs, 71(31 per cent) out of 226 Rajya Sabha MPs and 1,723(43 per cent) out of 3,991 MLAs analysed have declared criminal cases against themselves.

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