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Tuesday 16 January 2018
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Himachal Elections 2017: 22 elected representatives have criminal cases

Shimla: The BJP has bulldozed the Himachal Elections 2017 by winning 44 seats in 68 member house. Congress decimated to 21 seats and CPM has managed to enter the Vidhan Sabha after 24 years by winning from Theog assembly segment. Two Independent also found electorates favor in the election.

Most of the party have made corruption and degrading law and order burning issues during the poll campaign, but result giving some eye opening results as 22 (32%) MLAs have declared criminal cases against them. As per ADR report 8 (12%) MLAs have declared serious criminal cases against them.

Out of Congress 21 seats – 2 of its elected member have declared Criminal Cases against them, while 18 (41%) out of 44 MLAs from BJP, lone CPM MLA and and Independent MLAs have declared criminal cases against them in their affidavits.

Party wise MLAs with Serious Criminal Cases: 1(5%) out of 21 MLAs from Indian National Congress (INC), 6(14%) out of 44 MLAs from BJP and 1 MLA from CPI (M) have declared serious criminal cases against them in their affidavits.

Education Qualification of elected representatives

Out of 68 elected members 21 (31%) MLAs have declared their educational qualification to be between 8th pass and 12th pass, while 47 (69%) MLAs have declared having an educational qualification of graduate or above.

Age details of MLAs: 20 (29%) MLAs have declared their age to be between 25 and 50 years while 46 (68%) MLAs have declared their age to be between 51 and 80 years and 1 MLA has declared his age above 80 years. Congress Veteran Virbhadra Singh is oldest representative in the house, while his son Vikramaditya Singh is youngest legislature elected in the election.

Four Women in Vidhan Sabha

In Himachal Elections 2017 four women also made to the assembly. Asha Kumari of Congress won election from Chamba assembly segment, while BJP nominee Sarween Chaudhary from Shahpur, Reeta Dhiman from Indora and Kamlesh Kumari from Bhoranj assembly constituency entered Vidhan Sabha. With four women in the house it made 6 percent representation in the 68 member house.

Financial status of representatives

ADR report reveal that out of the 68 MLAs analyzed, 52 (76 per cent) are crorepatis. Among party wise crorepati MLAs, 21 MLAs from INC, 28 out of 44 MLAs from BJP, one MLA from CPM and two Independents have declared assets worth more than Rs one crore.

The average assets per MLA contesting in the Himachal Pradesh assembly elections 2017 is Rs 8.88 crore. The ADR report says that among major parties, the average assets per MLA for 21 INC MLAs is Rs 13.80 crore, 44 BJP MLAs (Rs 6.14 crore) and two Independents have average assets of Rs 12.85 crore.

As per the report, 59 out of 68 MLAs have declared liabilities. Surprisingly 10 out of 68 MLAs have not declared their sources of income.

37, 21,647 electors had exercised their franchise and out of it BJP got 18,40,377 i.e. 48.8 percent vote share, while Congress got 15,73,101 votes (41.7 percent) vote share in the election. 34,230 electorates used NOTA option.



Rahul Bhandari is Editor of TheNewsHimachal and has been part of the digital world for last eight years.