I write to express my deep concern and dismay over the recent revelations by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW) regarding the criminal records of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs) and their substantial wealth. These findings, as reported, are a grave cause for concern and demand the immediate attention of every conscientious citizen.
According to ADR’s analysis of self-sworn affidavits of 763 sitting MPs from the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, a shocking 40% of them have criminal cases registered against them. Even more alarming is the fact that 25% of these cases are of a serious nature, including charges of murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, and crimes against women.
In addition to the disheartening criminal statistics, the report also highlights the enormous wealth possessed by our elected representatives. The average worth of assets per MP stands at Rs 38.33 crores, with 7% of them being billionaires. This stark contrast between the wealth amassed by some MPs and the socioeconomic realities of a significant portion of our population raises questions about representation and accountability.
As responsible citizens, we must take these findings seriously and reflect on the choices we make during elections. It is imperative that we demand transparency, accountability, and electoral reforms to ensure that our democracy truly represents the interests and values of the people.
In the upcoming elections, let us exercise our right to vote wisely and hold our elected officials accountable for their actions. Only then can we hope to see positive changes in our political landscape.