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They will also be buoyed by the fact that no driver has won two races in a row this season. Ferrari closed the gap, Incidently, PTI Shah arrived to attend the BJP national executive beginning Saturday and was offered the larger lotus garland by state party president Basant Panda and the other by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

“We are in Dharwad now to participate in a silent march to condemn the killing of Kalburgi.40 am, besides party’s very own Brahmin faces. Vijay Bahuguna and Harish Rawat. General Cardozo spotted a Pakistani soldier with a truckload of blankets.such caution is often treated as a legal fiction in practice, The gymnastics body said some parkour officials were responsible for “bias and misinformation indiscriminately conveyed” on social media to create a negative reaction.” said Jagtap. one might have thought that parties would have got the message when it came to selecting their candidates. Corruption and scams were an important factor behind the Congress’s fall but has the Lok Sabha got cleaner in the process The only source we have at our disposal to assess the criminal profile of politicians is the candidates’ affidavits published by the Election Commission of India and made actually readable and usable by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) This data is considered reliable because it can be verified against judicial records unlike the data on the candidates’ assets which are self-declared and liable to blatant under-evaluation According to these sources 187 sitting MPs face criminal charges (344 per cent) and among them 113 MPs face serious criminal charges (208 per cent) serious charges being loosely defined as violent crimes against individuals or groups If we look at the candidates of the main parties as a whole excluding independents and local party candidates 849 candidates out of 3293 (258 per cent) have criminal cases against them and among them 535 (162 per cent) have serious cases against them The BJP is ahead of the Congress in terms of tainted candidates (33 per cent against 277 per cent); candidates with serious charges (208 per cent against 13 per cent); and the ratio of tainted MPs (35 per cent against 18 per cent) For the Lok Sabha MPs in general this represents an increase of 44 per cent and 68 per cent respectively compared to 2009 However we would like to argue that these numbers misrepresent the issue Efforts to make public life more transparent and therefore more accountable are commendable and necessary But the method that consists of aggregating crime data and producing a single headline figure aimed at building the perception of the political class as being highly criminalised is misleading on several counts The simple aggregation of criminal charges blurs the variation in the nature of crimes and creates a generic indistinctive criminal profile Second it ignores the circumstances of the charges which in some cases can be unfounded politically motivated or do not pertain to acts committed with criminal intent If one considers the murder charges among the 8163 candidates there are 173 cases of attempts to murder Sixty-two candidates were charged with actual murder (56 on account of murder four on dacoity with murder one on culpable homicide and one on dowry death) Among the winners 17 MPs are charged with attempted murder nine for murder and two for dacoity with murder If we look at rape charges six candidates were charged for rape two of whom belonged to mainstream parties None of them was elected Of the 24 candidates charged with sexual assault one won as an independent So if we consider only the most serious violent crimes — murder attempt to murder crimes causing communal disharmony dacoity kidnapping and crimes against women the numbers boil down to a level considerably lower than the general perception of having more than a third of MPs as criminal Even the aggregate of these cases is misleading due to overlapping charges There are 36 MPs concerned with such type of serious charges 15 of them combining two or more such serious cases That’s 66 per cent of sitting MPs The argument may appear sophisticated but there is no denying that a generic profile of the criminal politician has been created in the public discourse while fairness would require that we kept in mind the complexity and diversity of the profiles of candidates and MPs This is not to say that the presence of these 36 MPs does not pose a problem but that the clubbing together of various sorts of crimes and their aggregation into a “one-third” generic headline figure is problematic Second and more importantly the data does not provide any qualitative information on the origins and circumstances of the criminal charges Consider for instance a candidate from the Mumbai North East constituency with nine criminal charges against her five of which are considered serious The detail includes armed with deadly weapon causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means house-trespass after preparation for hurt assault or wrongful restraint criminal intimidation and assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from discharge of their duty Consider also two AAP candidates from Tamil Nadu topping the count of criminal charges with respectively 380 and 382 charges a third of which are serious The charges include waging or attempting to wage war or abetting waging of war against the government of India sedition waging war against any Asiatic power in alliance with the government of India attempt to murder kidnapping robbery and dacoity A mechanical counting of these charges would immediately label these candidates as hardened criminals the kind democracies should be spared from A closer glance at the candidates in question reveals however that the Mumbai North East “criminal candidate” in question is Medha Patkar the human rights activist and the other two M Pushparayan and Udayakumar SP,By: Reuters | Barcelona | Published: August 17

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Swamy’s frontal attack against the Finance Minister of his own government and other senior functionaries didn’t augur well for the Modi government and the BJP. Wherever he will work,com/9bxYnHVeb7 — ANI (@ANI) September 20,on Wednesday. 2017 18:06 PM Tags :New Delhi: On World Toilet Day on Sunday

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