AAP No. 1 with 52 tainted MLAs in Punjab

Criminalisation of Politics in 2022

Aam Aadmi Party founder Arvind Kejriwal (Photo/AAP)

Hardeep Singh Bedi

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that set the record of winning highest seats in the Punjab Assembly elections in 2022 is also at the first spot in sending candidates with a criminal background to the state assembly.

Out of the total 58 winning candidates with a criminal background in 2022 Punjab Assembly elections, 52 belong to the AAP.

This data has been released by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Punjab Election Watch.

The ADR released the report after analysing the self-sworn affidavits of the total 117 winning candidates in Punjab.

The AAP won 92 seats, Indian National Congress 18, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) 03, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 02, and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) & an Independent one-seat each when the results of 2022 Punjab Assembly elections were announced on March 10, 2022

Three newly-elected Congress MLAs, two SAD MLAs, and a BJP MLA have also criminal background, says the report.

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300 percent increase

It’s alarming that the total number of tainted MLAs in the new Punjab assembly is actually an increase of over 300 percent in comparison with the outgoing state assembly.

Out of 117 MLAs analysed during Punjab Assembly elections in 2017, 16(14%) MLAs had declared criminal cases against themselves, says the ADR report.

27 MLAs face serious criminal charges

The ADR report says that 27 (23%) winning candidates in 2022 Punjab Assembly elections declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

This is again an increase of around 250 percent in comparison with 2017 Punjab Assembly elections.

Out of 117 MLAs analysed during Punjab Assembly elections in 2017, 11 (9%) MLAs had declared serious criminal cases against themselves, the ADR report says.

Types of Criminal Cases

The newly elected tainted MLAs face charges of murder, attempt to murder and crime against women.

One MLA has declared case related to murder (IPC Section-302) against himself.

Two winning candidates have declared cases of attempt to murder (IPC Section-307).

Three winning candidates have declared cases related to crimes against women.

The criminalisation of politics in India continues to see a sharp increase at a time when the Supreme Court of India has taken a very serious view of the situation.

The apex court has passed exemplary orders to discourage the criminalisation of the Indian politics but the political parties have not shown a keen interest in following those orders in letter and spirit.

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