Shimla, May 23 UNI | 2 months ago

National Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have written a letter to the Prime Minister designate, Narendra Modi should constitue criminal charges free and clean Cabinet.

Bringing to his notice the disturbing fact that the newly formed 16th Lok Sabha has a sizeable number of MPs (112 i.e. 21 per cent) facing serious criminal charges and requesting him to include only clean representatives in his Cabinet.

The steady increase in the number of MPs facing criminal charges over the years is a matter of grave concern to the country, the watchdog of election in India said.

In Lok Sabha 2004, there was 24 per cent MPs facing criminal charges but it increase to 30 per cent in LS 2009 but newly elected (LS 2014) the mark 34 per cent and 186 MPs with such charges, it pointed out before formaition of new cabinet in the centre. Cautioning the new leader NEW and ADR said that BJP alone have 98 (35 per cent) out of 281 MPs analysed who had self-declared them with criminal cases including 63 (22 per cent) have self-declared serious criminal cases like murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping and dacoity.

"The next parliament would be cleaned by punishing the guilty" Organisation stated.

The civil society organisations are expecting that the 14th Prime Minister will provide clean and exemplary governance, the letter said in the petition addressed to Mr Modi.

(Posted on 23-05-2014)