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There were no MLAs who declared heinous criminal cases, such as murder, attempt to murder, crimes against women and so on among the 70 newly-elected ones in the Delhi Assembly, 67 of whom belong to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

“This is a welcome change and is unusual as compared to the rest of the country,” said an analysis of the self-sworn affidavits of these MLAs by Delhi Election Watch and the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR), both non-profit organisations.

Out of the 70 MLAs, 24 (34 per cent) have declared criminal cases against themselves. Of the 67 AAP members, 23 (34 per cent) have declared criminal cases, including AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, who has about 10 such cases related to rioting, unlawful assembly, defamation, among others.

As regards financial background, out of the 70 new MLAs, 44 (63 per cent) are crorepatis, against 51 (73 per cent) in 2013​.

A good 70 per cent or 49 out of the 70 new MLAs are between 25 to 50 years, with 61 per cent or 43 of them declaring themselves as graduates or above, and 24 with qualifications of 12th pass or below. 

Out of 70 MLAs, only six are women (all AAP), marginally up against three in 2013.

The average vote share of the newly elected MLAs is 55 per cent, said ADR, with 55 of them having a vote share of 50 per cent or more.

Prakash of AAP has the highest vote share of 71 per cent from Deoli constituency, while Kailash Gahlot of AAP has the lowest vote share of 35 per cent from Najafgarh constituency.

“The percentage of vote share was calculated by dividing the votes polled for the winner by the total number of valid votes,” ADR said in a release.

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