Criminal cases against 22 MLAs in Uttarakhand, 17 linked to BJP, four are cabinet ministers

Abstract
The number of tainted candidates doubled in the last assembly election

The Supreme Court on Friday gave an important decision on a petition that political parties will have to explain the reason for the selection of a candidate with a criminal image before the election. This decision of the Supreme Court is considered to be very important in the electoral politics of Uttarakhand. Currently, 22 MLAs have criminal cases registered in the Vidhan Sabha of Uttarakhand. Four of them are in the rank of a cabinet minister in the Trivendra government.

According to the information given by the Election Commission during the 2017 assembly elections, the school education minister Arvind Pandey was the highest in a dozen criminal cases in the state. Some of these cases are registered in bayonet streams. It is clear that the political parties of the state are also not behind in the field of fielding candidates with a criminal image.

The main political parties in this hill state, considered to be quite calm in the matter of law and order, including the BJP, Congress and other political parties also fielded those who had cases filed in serious sections. This is confirmed by the report of the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a non-governmental organization.

Criminal cases not very serious in nature
According to the report, the number of tainted candidates in Uttarakhand doubled in the 2012 to 2017 elections. In the 2012 assembly, 28 tainted candidates were fielded. This number increased to 54 in the 2017 assembly elections.

However, the criminal cases registered on the MLAs of Uttarakhand are not very serious in nature compared to other states including UP, Bihar, Punjab. Nor has any offense been proved by a competent court in any case.

Cabinet Minister Arvind Pandey sued most
According to the ADR report, out of the 22 tainted MLAs in the 2017 assembly, BJP’s Gadarpur MLA Arvind Pandey has the highest number of cases. These include demolition, damage to public property, obstruction of government work, and murder case.

17 out of 22 MLAs of BJP
Of the 22 MLAs who have criminal cases filed in the 2017 elections, 17 MLAs are associated with the Bharatiya Janata Party.

This is the situation
MLAs with three and more criminal cases: Arvind Pandey, Deshraj Karnwal, Sahadev Singh Pundir, Puran Singh Fartyal
MLA with two criminal cases: Madan Kaushik, Dr. Harak Singh Rawat, Ganesh Joshi, Premchand Aggarwal, Pradeep Batra
MLAs with a criminal case: Subodh Uniyal, Adesh Singh, Dhan Singh Negi, Gopal Singh Rawat, Manoj Rawat, Naveen Chandra Dumka, Pritam Singh, Rajkumar, Rajkumar Thukral, Vinod Chamoli, Bishan Singh Chufal, Yatishwaranand, and Ram Singh Kaida
Source: ADR Report 2017 Vis

BJP is completely against the criminalization of politics. We welcome the decision of the Supreme Court. Political integrity is at the top of our party’s agenda. The party itself wants criminals not to enter politics.
– Dr. Devendra Bhasin, State Media Head, BJP

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