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Over 50% newly-elected AAP MLAs have serious criminal cases, says ADR analysis

Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has returned to power in Delhi for the third consecutive time by winning 62 of 70 seats. This is the second resounding victory for the AAP party. But the winning party will have thirty-seven newly-elected MLAs with declared criminal cases.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) retained the majority in the Delhi assembly election 2020, winning 62 out of the 70 seats whereas the BJP won the remaining eight seats. In 2015, the AAP had won 67 out of 70 seats and the BJP could win only three seats.

An analysis of the declarations made by these MLAs reveals that 43 of them face criminal cases, of whom 37 have declared serious charges including those related to rape, attempt to murder and crime against women, as per a study by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a non-government organisation working on electoral reforms.

According to an analysis made by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), 43 of them face criminal cases, of whom 37 have declared serious charges including those related to rape, attempt to murder and crime against women.

Thirteen of the 37 MLAs have declared cases related to crimes against women. Of the 13, one has declared cases related to rape. In the last Delhi assembly election, 24 MLAs, who had declared criminal cases against themselves, contested the assembly election. 

As per ADR report, three AAP MLAs are having the highest assets. The report also reveals that 45 AAP MLAs and seven BJP MLAs have assets worth more than Rs 1 crore each.  

AAP MLA Dharampal Lakra, who contested from Mundka, is the richest leader with assets worth Rs 292 crore, followed by R.K. Puram MLA Parmila Tokas, who declared Rs 80 crore in assets, and Patel Nagar MLA Raaj Kumar Anand, who has assets worth Rs 78 crore. As far as the Kejriwal-led AAP party is concerned, the average assets of 62 MLAs is Rs 14.96 crores whereas the average assets of eight BJP MLAs is Rs 9.10 crore.

Written by Dharam Sikarwar

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