41 out of 81 newly elected Jharkhand MLAs have criminal cases against them
Bengaluru: Jharkhand just voted a new government. Hemant Soren (JMM) is all set to be the next CM.
That apart, there is news that 41 out of 81 elected MLAs have criminal cases against them! The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) has 17 while the Congress and BJP have 8 and 11 such MLAs respectively.
Meanwhile, the state convenor of Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said people of Jharkhand tend to be ignorant about the fact that their representatives have a criminal background, as reported by India Today.
"All they [voters] want is their issue to be raked up properly and redressal of their difficulties. Hence, these parameters do not usually count for the voters," the state convenor said.
As per the statistics released by ADR, 53 out of 81 MLAs in Jharkhand polls are crorepatis. The list figures names of prominent leaders including JMM chief Hemant Soren, Congress state president Rameshwar Oran, BJP's Bhanu Pratap Shahi and many others.
Jharkhand had a five-phase poll from November 30 to December 20. The results were out on December 23, with the JMM and Congress combine getting the magic of 41 to form the government. The
BJP emerged as the single largest party, but failed to garner the required numbers.
Though many see it as a riveting reply to the BJP for its move on creating the National Register of Citizens or the Citizenship Amendment Act, the BJP has negated these claims, saying the state voted on a wave of anti-incumbency wave and local issues.
On the other hand, in relation to the 41 criminal cases issue, the Congress spokesperson Alok Dubey and JMM leader Bablu Pandey both said a person cannot be deprived of their right to contest elections until he or she is convicted.
Declarations and affidavits furnished at the time of filing nominations for the 2019 Jharkhand polls, results for which were declared on Monday, show that 41 out of the 81 newly elected MLAs have criminal cases against them, as reported by India Today.
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