Forty seven newly-elected members of the Gujarat Assembly have criminal cases pending against them as per their election affidavits, according to a study conducted by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Gujarat Election Watch.
The study revealed that that 18 out of 99 BJP MLAs and 25 out of 77 Congress MLAs have declared criminal cases pending against them. The Gujarat Assembly election results were revealed on Monday.
Even though the number of MLAs facing criminal cases has decreased as compared to last state polls, the number of ‘crorepati’ MLAs (those with assets of Rs 1 crore or more) has increased. Average assets of newly-elected MLAs are Rs 8.46 crore, the study said.
According to the study, 81 MLAs were re-elected this time and the average growth in their assets from 2012 to 2017 is 45 per cent.
In 2012, 57 MLAs had declared that criminal cases were pending against them and this time the number has introduced to 47 in the the 182-member Assembly. Of these 47 MLAs, 33 are facing serious criminal cases such as murder, attempt to murder, dacoity and robbery, six MLAs are facing cases related to attempt to murder, said the study.
In terms of assets, the study found that 141 MLAs are crorepatis. Eighty-four of the 99 BJP MLAs and 54 of the Congress MLAs have declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore.
The BJP’s Saurabh Yashvant Patel, who won from Botad, is the richest MLA with a declared assets of Rs 123 crore.