BJP led NDA achieved a landslide victory in recently concluded Lok Sabha election 2019. Prime Minister Narendra Mod took oath on Thursday for the second term. The nexus between crime and politics has long been discussed, and there have been periodical statements about the number of MPs and MLAs with a criminal record in parliament and state assemblies. According to a report prepared by the Association for Democratic Reforms and National Election Watch, 233 of the 539 newly elected MPs have serious criminal charges against them. This means that about 45% of the MPs have been involved in criminal cases. This is based on the affidavits filed by the candidates themselves.
According to the report, about 30% of MPsface very serious charges, like those related to rape and other crimes against women, murder, kidnapping, etc., and one candidate is facing trial for terrorist acts. There are also 10 MPs who have actually been convicted by courts.
Talking about criminal percentage in 2009, the percentage of MPs with criminal cases against them was 162 (30%) and in 2014 it was 185 (34%). The rising percentage might mean that in future the majority of our MPs will be people facing criminal charges. In the general population, not even 5% of the people might be facing such charges.