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Maharashtra MPs with criminal past are all millionaires

Mumbai: A majority -31- of the newly-elected 48 Lok Sabha members from Maharashtra have a criminal background and are also multi-millionaires with assets ranging from a minimum of Rs.99 lakh to Rs.66 crore.The 31 Lok

IANS Updated on: May 22, 2014 8:04 IST
Partywise, the Shiv Sena leads the list with 15 of its 18 elected members admitting to having some criminal cases registered against them.

The BJP comes next, with 13 of its 23 members having a criminal past.

Swabhimani Paksha's Raju Shetty - an ally of the BJP-Shiv Sena - who was elected from Hathkanangle, also figures in the list.

He has been an aggressive farmer activist since several years and this is his second term as a parliamentarian. The first one was as an independent.

From the NCP, two of its new Lok Sabha members have criminal records, according to their affidavits filed with the poll panel.

Among the MPs with a criminal background, the BJP also has the maximum number with a good academic background - eight are graduates and one - Kirit Somaiya from Mumbai North East - has a doctorate, the highest qualification in the state among the current crop of MPs.

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