In 2013, the Karnataka assembly had 34% MLAs with criminal cases, while in 2008, the proportion of elected MLAs with criminal background was 24%, says an analysis by Karnataka Election Watch and Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR).
Kerala Tourism minister Kadakampally Surendran tonight invited Congress and JD (S) MLAs from Karnataka to "God's Own Country" to avoid "horse-traders", amid speculation that the newly-elected lawmakers may travel to Kochi to prevent any poaching bid. The results of the analysis were hardly surprising - 77 (35%) of the 221 newly-elected MLAs have declared criminal cases against themselves.
Besides, 54 (24 per cent) are facing serious criminal cases, including kidnapping, rape among others, compared to 39 (17 per cent) in 2013. These are non-bailable offences with a punishment above 5 years.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has emerged as the largest party in the legislature with 103 seats, has 42 MLAs or 41per cent of MLAs with criminal background, while the Congress and JD (S) both have 30 per cent of MLAs elected with declared criminal background.
BOOM had earlier reported that 15% of the total candidates have criminal cases and 10% have serious criminal cases against them.
Kerala Tourism had made the offer on Twitter amid frantic efforts by the BJP, Congress and JD (S) to cobble up the numbers to form a government.
"One BJP MLA. namely Harshvardhan B. from Nanjangud constituency has not been analysed as his affidavit was poorly scanned".
Interestingly in the high-stakes political drama that is now taking place in the state, Anand Singh did not show up to the legislative party meeting held in Bengaluru, triggering speculations that he may rejoin the BJP, reports the Indian Express.
Even police officers also said that they had inputs about the MLAs possible arrival to Kochi.
Modi govt is misusing institutions of central govt.