New Delhi, July 3 : Directly attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for having 22 ministers with criminal records, Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal raised the issue of criminalisation in politics and said that Modi has been saying that he want to implement electoral reforms and leaders with criminal records will not be inducted as ministers, Sibal then asked, “Why should’ he start to cleanse his own government.”
” You know there are candidates in the LOk Sbaha with criminal records and are now ministers. BJP leader has been stating since 2014 that he will not induct any leader with criminal records as ministers but now again in 2019 his government is there, if he is so serious about reforms then he should start with own house first to cleanse the political system,” Sibal said in Rajya Sabha.
Sibal asked, “Where is the pledge of freeing Indian democracy of criminalisation gone.”
Nearly half of the newly-elected Lok Sabha members have criminal charges against them, a 26% increase as compared to 2014, according to the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR).
Of the 539 winning candidates analysed by the ADR, as many as 233 MPs or 43% have criminal charges. Of the 57 ministers inducted in Narendra Modi-led NDA government 2.0, 22 (39%) have declared criminal cases against themselves.
A few top ones are as follows:
Devendra Fadnavis,Chief Minister of Maharashtra, BJP: 22 criminal cases
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis tops the list of CMs with most criminal cases. Some of the charges against Fadnavis include serious charges such as “abetment of such assault, if the assault is committed”, “voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means”, being part of an unlawful assembly, rioting, voluntarily causing hurt and wearing garb or carrying token used by public servant with fraudulent intent.
Raghubar Das, Jharkhand, BJP: 8 cases
Raghubar Das of Jharkhand has eight criminal cases against him, which include cases such as obstruction of lawful apprehension of another person, trespassing with preparation for causing hurt, criminal trespass, obstructing public servant from discharging their duty and wrongful restraint.
Yogi Adityanath, Uttar Pradesh chief Minister, BJP: 4 cases
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath only has four cases against him but the charges all seem serious. These include charges of injuring or defiling a place of worship with intent to insult, rioting, trespassing on burial places, causing mischief by fire or explosive substance and criminal intimidation.
Nitish Kumar, Bihar, JD (U): 1 case
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has one case registered against him but the charges are serious. He has been booked under section 302 of the IPC, which relates to murder.
16 ministers in the newly formed Cabinet have serious criminal cases registered against them.Serious criminal cases include terrorism, treason, arson, murder, rape, robbery, burglary, communal disharmony, electoral violations, and kidnapping, among others.