Study: It's official crime pays in politics

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    It's official - crime pays in politics: Study shows candidates facing criminal charges are more likely to win elections

    In India, if you want to be a successful politician, being a criminal can be your passport to success. At least this is what a recent study suggests.

    The analysis of self-sworn affidavits of candidates by Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW) has thrown up startling facts about criminalisation of politics and corruption. Candidates with a criminal past are more likely to win an election, making them the preferred choice of political parties, it says.

    A candidate's assets are likely to skyrocket after a five-year term by up to 1000 per cent. The study, which took into account the time period between 2004 and 2013, also highlights the correlation between money and criminality. 'Tainted' candidates were found to be wealthier than others.

    The average assets of MPs and MLAs with serious criminal cases were worth Rs 4.38 crore.


    Crime and money nexus

    Professor Jagdeep Chokkar, who worked at IIM Ahmedabad and is a founder member of ADR and NEW, says: "(The) nexus between crime and money has been exposed…If the electoral process is governed by crime and money what moral rights do we have to call ourselves a democracy."

    Candidates with a clean record lag behind in the electoral race. According to the study, there is only 12 per cent chance of winning for a 'clean' candidate as compared to 23 per cent winning possibility for a 'criminal' candidate.

    About 74 per cent candidates with a criminal background got tickets for a second time, the study points out.

    Serious questions

    The NGO analysed the record of 7,950 MPs and MLAs who have held seats since 2004. A total of 11,063 (18 per cent) out of 62,847 candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves, while 5,253 (8 per cent) out of the 11,063 candidates declared serious criminal cases. The highest percentage of criminal candidates was from Shiv Sena. Of 137 Sena MPs or MLAs, 103 have declared criminal cases.

    Out of 1,689 BJP MPs or MLAs, 520 have declared criminal cases; while of the 2,451 Congress MPs or MLAs, 527 declared so. The report says 162 (30 per cent) of the 543 present Lok Sabha members face "criminal cases" and 76 others "serious criminal cases".

    The abnormal growth in assets of candidates also poses serious questions on their integrity as the average increase of assets of a common citizen is nowhere near the increase of politicians.

    A total of 62,847 candidates contested either state or parliamentary elections, and 4,181 candidates re-contested elections. Of these, the assets of about 1,615 candidates showed an increase of over 200 per cent, 684 showed an increase of over 500 per cent and 317 candidates of over 1000 per cent.

    In terms of assets, it was Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) which tops the chart with average assets of a candidate being Rs 6.02 crore.

    It's official - crime pays in politics: Study shows candidates facing criminal charges are more likely to win elections | Mail Online

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