Deccan Chronicle

If the 2011 Assembly election ends up with incumbent legislators winning, the state will be in for more trouble. At least 25 of them have serious criminal cases pending against them and 32 per cent of the 234 legislators in the state have various police cases pending against them.

Of the 77 MLAs with pending criminal cases, 39 are from the ruling DMK, eight from AIADMK, 15 from PMK, nine from Congress and two each from the MDMK and CPI, as per an analysis of the 2006 Assembly elections by the National Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms.

The report includes the analysis of voting trends, criminalisation of politics, use of money power, gender disparity, etc, in the May 2006 Assembly elections.

Of the 57 crorepati MLAs, 31 are from DMK, 12 from Congress, 9 from AIADMK, two are from MDMK and DMDK, VCK and PMK has one crorepati legislator. The average asset of an MLA from the state is Rs 1.3 crore and 114 legislators have not declared their PAN details.

Congress member H. Vasanth Kumar (about Rs 36 crore), chief minister M. Karunanidhi (Rs 26 crore), AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalaithaa (Rs 24 crore) and DMDK chief Vijayakanth (Rs 11 crore) are among the top 20 MLAs with highest assets, the ADR and NEW said analysing the affidavits filed by the members.

Though 156 women contested, only 22 managed to win, thus constituting 9 percent of the MLA strength in the House. The percentage of votes polled for the major parties clearly showed that none of them got anywhere close to the 50 per cent mark, the report said.

The Opposition AIADMK memaged approximate 33 per cent of the votes cast, the DMK 26 per cent and the Congress and DMDK each managed just 8 per cent.

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