Mumbai: As many as 43 winners in the just-concluded Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections are facing criminal cases, says a report.
This implies that nearly 19% of the newly elected corporators have criminal charges against them, including for offences like attempt to murder and rape, as per an analysis of the affidavits of 225 winners out of the total 227 in BMC polls recently done by NGOs Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Maharashtra Election Watch.
Maharashtra Election Watch’s state-coordinator Sharad Kumar said, “As long as people don’t go out to vote in large numbers, political parties will pick winning candidates who have money and muscle power.”
According to the report compiled by the two NGOs, Shiv Sena’s Umesh Subhash Mane, who won from ward no. 115, has in his affidavit declared a case related to attempt to murder (Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 307) against him.
Besides, three of the winners have cases of rape (IPC Section 376) and assault or criminal force to woman with an intent to outrage her modesty (IPC Section 354) against them, the report said.
Out of the 225 winners whose affidavits were analysed, 22 from Shiv Sena, 11 from BJP, three from MNS, two from Congress, one each from NCP, SP and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) and two independents are facing criminal cases, it said.