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96% new Rajya Sabha members are crorepaties, 23% having criminal cases: ADR
National Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of all 57 newly elected MPs of Rajya Sabha, 2016. According to them out of 57 MPs, only 4 (7%) newly elected MPs are women.

Out of 56, 12 (23%) have declared criminal cases against themselves, of which 7 (12%) have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to attempt to murder, cheating and dishonesty.

Three (18%) out of 17 from BJP, 2 (29%) out of 7 MPs from SP, and 1 MP each from INC (11%), BJD (33%), BSP (50%), RJD (50%), DMK (50%), SHS (100%), YSRCP (100%) have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

Four out of 11 (36%) MPs from Uttar Pradesh, 2 out of 5 (40%) MPs from Bihar, 1 out of 6 (17%) MPs from Maharashtra, 1 out of 6 (17%) MPs from Tamil Nadu, 1 out of 4 (25%) Karnataka MPs, 1 out of 4 (25%) MPs from Andhra Pradesh, 1 out of 3 (33%) MPs from Madhya Pradesh, 1 out of 3 (33%) MPs from Odisha and 1 out of 2 (50%) MPs from Haryana have declared criminal cases against themselves.

Out of the 57 newly elected MPs 55 (96%) are crorepatis. Praful Patel (NCP)- Rs 252 crore, Kapil Sibal (Congress) - Rs 212 crore and Satish Chandra Mishra (BSP) - Rs 192 crore are richest Mps.

15 (88%) out of 17 MPs from BJP are crorepaties. The average assets value of the newly elected MPs to the Rajya Sabha, 2016 is Rs. 35.84 crores. Among major parties, the average assets for 17 BJP MPs is Rs 17.95 crores, 9 Congress MPs is Rs 65.47 crores, 7 SP MPs is Rs 38.09 crores, 4 AIADMK MPs is Rs.6.79 crores and 3 BJD MPs is Rs. 14.98 crores.

Three (5%) MPs have declared their education qualification to be between 10th pass and 12th pass, while 33 (58%) MPs have declared having an educational qualification of graduate or graduate professional.

18 (32%) MPs have declared themselves to be postgraduates while 2 (4%) MPs have declared that they are Doctorates. 25 (44%) MPs have declared their age to be between 41 and 60 years while 31 (54%) MPs have declared their age to be between 61 and 80 years.

The oldest MP is Ram Jethmalani aged 92 years from Bihar and the youngest MP is Misha Bharti aged 41 also from Bihar.

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