Of the 403 new lawmakers elected to the Uttar Pradesh assembly 322 are 'crorepatis' (multi-millionaires). This was disclosed by National Election Watch after the results were out. The list is prepared analysising the documents candidates filed along with nominations. In the new UP Assembly as many as 143 have criminal cases, including of murder, pending against them.
Of the 143 new legislaors who have declared pending criminal cases against them, 107 face serious charges including of murder and crimes against women.
According to a report by the National Election Watch, the list of multi-millionaires elected members is headed by the B JP's Ajay Pratap Singh elected from Colonelganj constituency in Gonda
Singh, who in his poll affidavit declares himself as a farmer, possesses properties worth over Rs 49 crore. That includes 60 kg of gold, seven vehicles and six guns, three each in his name and his wife's.
As many as 1,455 multi-millionaires contested the assembly polls, the results of which were declared on Saturday.
Mafia-don-turned politician Mukhtar Ansari of the Bahujan Samaj Party leads the pack of new legislators with criminal antecedents. Elected from Mau, Ansari has 16 criminal cases against him, and that includes five charges of murder.
Of the total 4,853 candidates who contested the polls, 860 had declared that criminal cases were pending in courts against them.
On the gender side, among the newly elected legislators only 40 are female. Of the total 4,853 contestants, only 479 were women -- less than 10 per cent.
Nearly 72 per cent or 290 of the legislators are graduates or more educated.