While the politicians shout from public platforms claiming that they are “honest” and only their rivals are corrupt and dishonest, a quick look at the background of the members of Parliament and members of various State Assemblies shows that seven MPs and 29 MLAs are facing cases registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act against them.

The claim is made by none other than the elected representatives themselves who filed their sworn affidavits before the Returning Officers at the time of filing nomination papers for elections.

Some of them are: Lalu Prasad (Rashtriya Janata Dal), Jagdis Sharma (Janata Dal-United), Rajaiah Siricilla (Congress) and Dr. Rattan Sign Ajnala (Shiromani Akali Dal) — all in the Lok Sabha; T.M. Selvaganapathi (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam), Faggan Singh Kulaste (Bharatiya Janata Party) and Rashid Masood (Congress) – in the Rajya Sabha.

According to the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), which analysed the affidavits of the people’s representatives, political parties gave tickets to 98 candidates — contesting the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls — who have declared cases under the Prevention of Corruption Act against them (including polls for Lok Sabha-2009 and all the Assemblies since 2008).

Of them, the Congress was represented by 24, BSP nine, AIADMK seven, SAD six, DMK and BJP five candidates each and the Indian National Lok Dal and RJD 4 each during those polls.

Out of these 98 candidates, 36 candidates won the polls; four of them went to the Lok Sabha, three to the Rajya Sabha and 29 MLAs to various Assemblies.

The ADR analysis revealed that of the 4,835 sitting MPs and MLAs in the country, 31 per cent (1,448) have declared criminal cases against them. Of these, 641 have declared that they are facing serious criminal cases like rape, murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, robbery and extortion.

The ADR has suggested that all political parties stop giving tickets to candidates facing criminal cases under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

It also asked the Government to set up fast track courts against all the sitting MPs and MLAs who are facing criminal charges.

  • Of the 4,835 sitting MPs and MLAs, 1,448 are facing criminal charges

  • Of these, 641 are in the dock for serious offences like rape, murder attempt