National Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analyzed the election expense statements submitted after the Lok Sabha Elections of 2014 for 537 MPs.
Less than 50% of the Limit: Candidates have constantly claimed that the election expenditure limit set is very low. However,based on the election expense declarations of 537 MPs analysed from Lok Sabha, 2014 to the ECI, 176 MPs (33%) have declared election expenses of less than 50% of the expense limit in their constituencies.
Expenditure more than the Expense Limit: One MP declared election expenditure more than the prescribed expense limit. Gourav Gogoi of INC from Kaliabor Constituency, Assam declared an election expenditure of Rs. 82.40 Lakhs(118% of the expense limit).
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National Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analyzed the affidavits of 165 MPs who were elected again in the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections.
The average assets of these 165 re-elected MPs fielded by various parties in 2009 was Rs 5.38crores. The average asset of these 165 re-elected MPs in 2014 is Rs 12.78 crores.
The average number of years a case against an MP or MLA is pending is 7 years statistics would show. This is interesting in the wake of the Supreme Court directing that the criminal cases against MPs and MLAs should be completed within a year from the date of framing of charges by the trial court. Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW) analysed the affidavits of the Lok Sabha MPs elected in 2009.
Out of the 162 MPs that have criminal cases against themselves, 76 have serious criminal cases like murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping and robbery against themselves.
As the nations debates the law proposed to be formed to safeguard convicted MPs and MLAs statistics would show that since 2008 only 24 (out of 4807 analysed MPs & MLAs) i.e. only 0.5% have declared in their affidavits that they have been convicted at some point in a court of law.
An analysis done by the National Election Watch shows that since the year 2008, of the 4807 elected members (MPs and MLAs) 1460 (30%) have declared criminal cases against them of which 688 (14%) have declared serious criminal cases.
Contesting Candidates with declared cases: Overall, during these elections since 2008, out of the 47389 analysed candidates who contested the elections a total of 8041 (17%) have declared criminal cases against them of which 3759 (8%) have declared serious criminal cases.
The BJP in Karnataka has inched ahead of the Congress in declaring candidates with a criminal background for the assembly elections. As per the first list of candidates released by both the parties, the BJP has 24 and the Congress 16.
An analysis conducted by the National Election Watch states as per the first list there are already 40 candidates with a criminal background. Both the parties have announced the names of 317 candidates as part of the first list. Continue reading “Criminals and crorepatis in the Karnataka battle”
In the newly elected Meghalaya Assembly there are 36 crorepatis and one criminal candidate.
The data provided by the Association for Democratic Reforms states that out of thes 60 MLAs, 36 (or 60%) are crorepatis. In the 2008 assembly elections, 15 out of 60 MLAs analyzed (or 25%) were crorepatis. Continue reading “Meghalaya- 36 millionaires, 1 criminal”
The National Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analyzed the election expenditure documents of all the 182 newly elected MLAs in the Gujarat and all 68 newly elected MLAs in Himachal Pradesh 2012 Assembly Elections.
The maximum limit put on these Election Expenses for the Gujarat 2012 Assembly Elections by the Election Commission of India is 16 Lakh Rupees, and for Himachal Pradesh this limit is 11 Lakh Rupees.
In the 2007 elections at Gujarat the percentage of criminal candidates was at 23 per cent. However this year 19 per cent of the candidates in the second phase alone have a criminal background.
Out of the 78 candidates with a criminal record, the Congress has fielded 28 such candidates and the BJP 26 in the second phase of the Gujarat elections.n the 2007 elections at Gujarat the percentage of criminal candidates was at 23 per cent. However this year 19 per cent of the candidates in the second phase alone have a criminal background. Out of the 78 candidates with a criminal record, the Congress has fielded 28 such candidates and the BJP 26 in the second phase of the Gujarat elections.
A total of 150 candidates out of the 401 analyzed i.e. 37% are crorepatis. In 2007, there were 21% crorepati candidates. This is the analysis of candidates contesting the second phase of the Gujarat elections analysed by the National Election Watch.
The top three candidates who have declared the highest assets are Balvantsinh Chadansinh Rajput of INC from Sidhpur constituency who has declared the higest assets worth Rs. 268 crores, followed by Siddharth Chimanbhai Patel, of INC from Dabhoi constituency with Rs. 71 crores worth of assets and D.D.Patel of BJP from Mansa constituency with assets worth Rs. 69 crores. Continue reading “Financial analysis of Gujarat candidates”