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150 newly elected MPs have criminal records
Published on 18 May. 2009 12:08 AM IST
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As many as 150 newly elected MPs of the 15th Lok Sabha have criminal cases pending against them while nearly 300 have declared assets worth more than Rs.10 million, a study by an NGO reveals. "In the 15th Lok Sabha there are 150 newly elected MPs who have criminal cases pending against them as compared to 128 MPs in 2004," said the study released by National Election Watch (NEW) Sunday. NEW studied affidavits of 533 winners of the Lok Sabha out of 541 results declared Saturday. "Of these 150 MPs, 72 have serious charges against them. The maximum criminal charges are against Congress MP from Porbandar in Gujarat Vitthalbhai Hansrajbhai Radadiya. He has a total of 16 cases out of which five cases are of serious nature," the analysis revealed. "Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has maximum number of MPs having criminal cases with 42 MPs, of which 17 have serious criminal cases against them. It is closely followed by Congress with 41 MPs having criminal cases against them. Twelve Congress MPs have serious charges against them," the study said. The number of 'crorepatis' (one crore is 10 million) in the 15th Lok Sabha has also nearly doubled as compared to 2004. "There are 300 'crorepati' MPs in the new Lok Sabha. This is a huge increase from what the number was in 2004 when the number of 'crorepati' MPs stood at 154. The MP with highest asset is Namma Nageswara Rao of the Telugu Desam Party from Khammam in Andhra Pradesh with declared assets of Rs.173 crore (Rs.1.73 billion)," the research revealed. "He is followed by Naveen Jindal from Kurukshetra, Haryana, of the Congress with declared assets of Rs.131 crore (Rs.1.31 billion)," it added. MPs’ assets top Rs 3,000 crore India is home to the largest number of poor in the world, but 543 MPs who have been elected to the Lok Sabha have a combined asset of Rs 3,075 crore. In a nation where over 28 crore people live below poverty line, the average asset of the MPs elected to the Lower House of Parliament works out to be over Rs five crore. According to UN estimates, 80 per cent of Indians live on less than two dollars (Rs 100) a day. Interestingly, the total asset size of the new MPs makes their congregation more valuable than a vast majority of the public companies in the country. There are close to 4,700 listed companies in India, out of which just about 150 companies have a market valuation of more than Rs 3,000 crore. According to the information furnished by the Election Commission, there are MPs who have zero asset to those who boast of property and cash of over Rs 100 crore each. There are an estimated 300 MPs with assets worth Rs one crore or more in the new Lok Sabha, which is nearly double from 154 in the 14th Lok Sabha. TDP's Namma Nageswara Rao, who has won the election from Khammam in Andhra Pradesh, leads the tally of MPs with assets worth about Rs 174 crore, followed by Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal (s 131.07 crore). Jindal has won the election from Kurukshetra in Haryana for the second time. A total of four MPs have assets worth more than Rs 100 crore and include Congress' L Rajagopal in Andhra Pradesh and NCP's Padamsinha Bajirao Patil from Maharashtra. These are followed by NCP's Praful Patel (Rs 89.9 crore), Congress' G Vivekanand (Rs 72.9 crore), Congress' Y S Jaganmohan Reddy (Rs 72.8 crore), Congress' Rajkumar Ratna Singh (Rs 67.8 crore), Akali Dal's Harsimrat Kaur (Rs 60.3 crore) and NCP's Supriya Sule (Rs 50.4 crore). Besides, there are BSP's Surendra Singh Nagar (Rs 49.2 crore), BJP's Shivakumar Udasi (Rs 48.2 crore), Congress' Preneet Kaur (Rs 42.3 crore), Congress' Annu Tandon (Rs 42.1 crore), Congress' Rajamohan Reddy (Rs 36.3 crore), Congress' Priya Dutt (Rs 34.9 crore) and Congress' Kapil Sibal (Rs 31.9 crore). In terms of parties, Congress has as many as 138 crorepati MPs, followed by BJP's 58, SP's 14 and BSP's 13. Besides, there are 11 from DMK, nine from Shiv Sena, eight from JD(U), seven from NCP and six each from BJD and AITC.

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