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Maharashtra elects 93% crorepati MLAs, 62% with criminal background

After emerging as the largest party in the assembly elections, the BJP is now looking forward to forming the government in the state with the support of its ally Shiv Sena which is demanding an equal share in power.

October 29, 2019 / 01:07 PM IST

In the just-concluded polls to 288-member Assembly, the people of Maharashtra elected 161 candidates from the BJP-Shiv Sena, 98 from Congress-NCP and 29 from others and independent candidates.

Going party-wise, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 105 seats, a loss of 17 seats compared to its 2014 tally. The Shiv Sena's tally also came down to 56 seats from 63 in 2014. A resurgent Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) won 54, while its ally Congress bagged 44 seats.

For the 288 seats, a total of 3,237 candidates had fought the ballot battle.

After emerging as the largest party in the assembly elections, the BJP is now looking forward to forming the government in the state with the support of its ally Shiv Sena, which is demanding an equal share in power. The Uddhav Thackeray-led party is pushing to share the power in the state equally and the two saffron parties occupying the chief minister's post on a rotational basis.

Before the fresh government comes into power, here’s an analysis of the newly-elected MLAs based on their financial assets, criminal cases, educational qualifications, and gender representation, published by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).

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Composition of the new Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Composition of the new Maharashtra Legislative Assembly

The report, however, does not analyse three legislators, including Baramati MLA Ajit Pawar, due to unavailability of their complete and properly scanned affidavit on the website of the Election Commission of India. Take a look:

Crorepati legislators

Out of all candidates analyzed, 264 candidates are crorepatis, which means 93 percent of members have declared assets valued more than Rs 1 crore.

Going party-wise, 100 (95%) out of 105 MLAs from BJP, 51 (93%) out of 55 MLAs analysed from Shiv Sena, 47 (89%) out of 53 MLAs analysed from NCP and 42 (96%) out of 44 MLAs from Congress are crorepatis.

2014 vs 2019: In 2014, 253 out of 288 MLAs, analysed by ADR, had declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore, which was 88 percent. This means the percentage of such legislators has gone up by five percent from 88 percent in 2014 to 93 percent in 2019.

Criminal background

As many as 176 out of 285 analysed MLAs with criminal cases against them have been elected to the Maharashtra Assembly. This ran through party lines. This makes up around 62 percent of all the legislators.

Among these MLAs, 65 (62%) out of 105 MLAs from BJP, 31 (56%) out of 55 MLAs analysed from Shiv Sena, 32 (60%) out of 53 MLAs analysed from NCP, 26 (59%) out of 44 MLAs from Congress and 9 (75%) out of 12 Independent MLAs have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

2014 vs 2019: In 2019, 165 out of 288 MLAs had declared criminal cases against themselves, which was 57 percent. This means the percentage of such MLAs has risen by five percent from 57 percent in 2014 to 62 percent in 2019.

Vote share of key political parties - Maharashtra Assembly election 2019 Vote share of key political parties - Maharashtra Assembly election 2019

Education

A total of 157 out of 285 analysed MLAs have an educational qualification equivalent to graduate or above. This amounts to 55 percent of the legislators.

As many as 117 MLAs – 41 percent – declared their educational qualification to be between 5th pass and 12th pass.

Gender representation

Out of 285 analysed MLAs, 24 (8%) MLAs are women. This number has also increased in comparison of 2014, when 20 (7%) out of 288 MLAs were women.



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