GUWAHATI: Amidst the slogans for ‘clean’ politics in the state, Assam Election Watch has witnessed a constant rise in the numbers of legislatures in the state assembly with criminal cases.
The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) Assam election watch latest analysis found that in the current House of the state, some 13 percent MLAs have declared criminal cases against themselves.
An ADR report published on Monday said that at least 15 MLAs from the current state assembly have criminal cases pending against them. Out of them, at least 11 were accused of serious offenses like murder, rioting, cheating, conspiracy and even theft. At least three MLAs have murder cases pending against them.
ADR has analyzed details of 119 sitting MLAs of the present House with six assembly seats remained vacant in the state. One MLA namely Mansing Rongpi of BJP was not analyzed due to an unclear affidavit available on the election commission of India (ECI) website.
The analysis was based on the affidavit submitted by the candidates prior to the 2016 Assembly elections and bye-elections conducted thereafter.
The report said, “Out of 59 MLAs from BJP, seven (12%) MLAs have criminal cases pending against them. Similarly, out of 20 MLAs from Congress, five (25%) and out of 14 MLAs from All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), two (14%) MLAs have criminal cases against them. One independent MLA in the House has declared criminal case against him.”
The ADR said that the trend of Assam MLAs with criminal cases has constantly gone up since 2006.
“The Assam Assembly, elected in 2006 had seven MLAs with a criminal record which increased by twofold to 15 MLAs in the Assembly formed in the year 2016. Similarly, MLAs with serious criminal cases increased to 10 in 2016 from five in 2006,” the report added.