Rajasthan assembly: Money and muscle power reign supreme in newly elected House

The average asset per MLA in the Rajasthan 2018 assembly elections is Rs. 7.39 crore. In 2013, it was Rs 5.81 crore.

he newly elected Rajasthan assembly has more members with pending criminal cases and crorepatis as compared to the previous one. Rajasthan Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed affidavits of 199 newly elected MLAs of 2018 out of 200 seats in the Rajasthan Assembly.

Polling to Ramgarh constituency has been deferred following the death last month of Laxman Singh, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate.

Criminal background

Of the 199 MLAs analysed, 46 (23 per cent) MLAs have declared criminal cases against them. In 2013, the number of MLAs with criminal cases was 36 (18 per cent). When it comes to serious criminal cases such as murder, attempt to murder or kidnapping the number this year is 28 (14 per cent) compared to 19 (10 per cent) in 2013.

Parsadi Lal, a Congress MLA from Lalsot has a murder charge (Section 302 of IPC) registered against him; four MLAs, all from Congress, have cases related to attempt to murder (Section 307). Out of Congress’s 100 MLAs, 25 (25 per cent) have criminal cases against them; the number for BJP is 12 (16 per cent) and two (33 per cent) for BSP. As for serious criminal cases, Congress has 16 MLAs (16 per cent), BJP seven (10 per cent) and BSP two (33 per cent).