New Delhi, April 25: According to the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW) report on a total of 58 MPs and MLAs have declared cases related to hate speech.
The ADR and NEW came up with this observation after analyzing the self- sworn affidavits of all sitting parliamentarians, News Agency ANI reported.
The analysis reveals that many of the MPs and MLAs, who are designated lawmakers have actually declared cases related to ‘hate speech’ against themselves.
The observation was based on the affidavits submitted by the candidates and MPs and MLAs ahead of the last election they contested.
According to the report,15 sitting Lok Sabha MPs have declared cases related to hate speech against themselves. While none of the Rajya Sabha MPs has been involved in hate speech relates case.
Among various renkowned parties, 10 sitting Lok Sabha MPs with declared cases related to hate speech are from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and others are from the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM).
“BJP has 27 MPs, MLAs with such cases, All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has 6, TRS (6), TDP (3), SHS (3), AITC (2), INC (2), IND (2), JD(U) (2), AIUDF (1), BSP (1), DMK (1), PMK (1) and SP (1)”, the ADR report added.
Among the states, 11 sitting MLAs with declared cases related to the same case are from Telangana, four MLAs are from Bihar, nine MLAs are from Uttar Pradesh, four from Maharashtra, three each from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, while two each from Uttarakhand and West Bengal and one MLA each from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Jharkhand have declared cases related to hate speech against themselves”, the report said.
The party leaders with declared cases connecting to the same are Asaduddin Owaisi (AIMIM) and Badruddin Ajmal (AIUDF) and Union Minister Uma Bharti. There are eight state ministers who have also declared cases related to hate speech.
In the last 5 years, 198 candidates with declared cases have contested polls for State Assemblies, Lok and Rajya Sabha.
Besides this, 141 candidates from recognized political parties and 29 candidates from unrecognized political parties have given ticked to such type of candidates and 28 independent candidates with declared cases related to Hate Speech have contested the elections for State Assemblies, Lok and Rajya Sabha.