13 December 2017
Bhubaneswar: Basing on the information available with Odisha Election Watch on the MLAs and MPs of Odisha, Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) on Wednesday issued a press note on the MLAs and MPs of Odisha with declared criminal cases against themselves.
Out of the 147 sitting MLAs of the Odisha Assembly, 52 MLAs had declared pending criminal cases against themselves at the time of contesting in elections held in 2014. Out of these, 41 had declared serious criminal cases, the press note stated.
“Among the political parties, BJD has the maximum number of MLAs with criminal cases (32) followed by INC with 9 MLAs and BJP with 8 MLAs,” the press note pointed out.
It is further claimed, “Out of the 21 MPs from Odisha whose affidavits were analysed by ADR, 3 (41% of total MPs from Odisha) have declared cases against themselves. But it is to be noted that one of the Lok Sabha MP from BJD has declared serious criminal cases pending which forms 5% of the total Lok Sabha MPs from Odisha. 2 MPs from BJD and 1 MP from BJP have declared criminal cases against themselves.”
The press note even claimed, “The Upper House of the Parliament or the Rajya Sabha too is not immune from MPs from Odisha with declared criminal cases. Out of 10 Rajya Sabha MPs from Odisha whose affidavits were analysed by ADR, 2 have declared criminal cases. Thus, 20% of the total Rajya Sabha MPs from Odisha have declared criminal cases against themselves. It is to be noted that none has declared any serious criminal cases pending against themselves.”