New Delhi: A study has found that 42 of the winning candidates in the recent Municipal Corporation of Delhi elections have declared criminal cases against them. The Association for Democratic Reforms analysed the election affidavits of 248 of 250 winning councillors (the information on the other two was unavailable on the Election Commission website) and found that of these 42, 19 councillors are facing charges under serious offences.
The Aam Admi Party won 134 out of the 250 MCD seats, while the Bharatiya Janata Party bagged 104. The Congress won nine and others won three seats. AAP’s victory ended 15 years of BJP hold over the MCD.
While 17% of this year’s winners have criminal cases against them, this number was at 10% after the 2017 MCD elections.
The ADR report states that 27 (21%) out of 132 winning candidates from AAP, 12 (12%) out of 104 winning candidates from BJP, 2 (67%) out of three Independent winning candidates and 1 (11%) out of nine winning candidates from the Congress have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.
Of these, 12 (9%) out of 132 winning candidates from AAP, 6 (6%) out of 104 winning candidates from BJP and 1(33%) out of 3 Independent winning candidates have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.
As many as 67% of the winners are crorepatis, the ADR continues – 167 of the analysed councillors had declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore in their affidavits. This too is higher than the 51% crorepati winners in 2017.
According to ADR, 82 (79%) out of 104 from BJP, 77 (58%) out of 132 from AAP, 6 (67%) out of nine from INC and two (67%) out of three independent winning candidates have declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore.
“The average assets per winning candidates for 104 BJP winning candidates is Rs 5.29 Crores, 132 AAP winning candidates is Rs 3.56 Crores, 9 INC winning candidates is Rs 4.09 Crores and 3 Independent candidates have average assets worth Rs 5.53 Crore,” the report states.