New Delhi, March 12: Around 40 per cent winning candidates in Goa Assembly elections have criminal back ground, a report said on Saturday. Out of the 40 winning candidates analysed in 2022, 16 winning candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves, Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said on Saturday.
In 2017, nine (23 per cent) MLAs had declared criminal cases against themselves. As many as 13 winning candidates had declared serious criminal cases against themselves while two had declared cases related to crimes against women.
Out of the 2 winning candidates, 1 had declared cases related to rape (IPC Section-376), it said.
Six of 20 winning candidates from BJP, six out of 11 winning candidates from Congress and 1 out of 2 winning candidates from Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.
As far as parties were concerned, 7 out of 20 winning candidates from BJP, 7 out of 11 winning candidates from Congress, 1 out of 2 winning candidates from Maharashtrawadi Gomantak and 1 winning candidate from Goa Forward Party have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.
Out of the winning candidates, 39 (98 per cent) have assets worth Rs 1 crore. The average asset per MLA comes to the tune of over Rs 20 crore. The average of assets per MLA in the Goa Assembly Elections 2017 was Rs 10.90 crore. Except the one winner from Revolutionary Goans Party, all the other winners from BJP, Congress, MGP, AAP, GGP and three independent winning candidates have declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore.
Among major parties, the average assets per winning candidates for 20 BJP winning candidates is Rs 15.32 crore, 11 Congress winning candidates is Rs 31.26 crores, 2 Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party winning candidates is Rs 14.30 crores and 2 AAP winning candidates have average assets worth Rs 8.67 crores.
Among the MLAs, 13 (33 per cent) have declared their educational qualification to be between 8th pass and 12th pass, while 21 (53 per cent) winning candidates have declared having an educational qualification of graduate and above. There are six winning candidates who are Diploma holders. Half of the winning candidates, 20 out of 40 have declared their age to be between 25 and 50 years, while 20 (50 per cent) winning candidates have declared their age to be between 51 and 80 years. Out of 40 winning candidates analysed, three (8 per cent) winning candidates are women.
In 2017, out of 40 MLAs, two (5 per cent) MLAs were women. This year three women candidates have made it to the legislative assembly which is one more than 2017.