The newly elected Madhya Pradesh assembly consists of 94 MLAs who have criminal cases against them, while 187 of the 230 MLAs are multi-millionaires, a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has revealed days after the crucial polls in the state.
As pointed out by the report, Congress has maximum number of 56 MLAs with criminal antecedents, followed by the Bharatiya Janata Party which has 34 and then the Bahujan Samaj Party with two such lawmakers.
Of the 94 MLAs with criminal cases, 47 face serious charges with six of them facing charges of attempt to murder, three facing charges of crime against women and one for murder.
On the financial front, 187 of the lawmakers are multi-millionaires with the BJP leading the pack with 109 such MLAs followed by the Congress with 90.
BJP's Sanjay Satyendra Pathak from Vijayragahvgarh constituency in Katni district is the richest MLA with assets in excess of Rs 226 crore. Fellow party lawmaker Chetanya Kasyap from Ratlam City is next with properties in excess of Rs 204 crore.
The average assets of the MLAs in the current Assembly is above Rs 10 crore which is just double that of the 2013 Assembly.
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As many as 86 of the MLAs were re-elected and their average assets in the last five years have grown by nearly Rs 7 crore -- a rise of 80 per cent.
There are only 21 female members in the new Assembly.
(With IANS inputs)