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Criminalisation of politics

Facts for Prelims (FFP)


Source: TH

 Context: A study conducted by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW) reveals that approximately 40% of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs) in India have criminal cases registered against them, with 25% facing serious criminal charges such as murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, and crimes against women.

  • The analysis is based on self-sworn affidavits of 763 sitting MPs from both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
  • The study also highlights variations in the prevalence of criminal cases and average assets among different states and political parties, with Telangana having the highest average assets per MP and Lakshadweep having the lowest.