BJP’s new cabinet: 42% have criminal cases against them, 90% of them are crorepatis – ADR report !
The government of India, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expanded its cabinet a few days ago as it created a new ministry called the Ministry of Cooperation and appointed new Union ministers in charge of the administration of various key ministries in the cabinet. In this latest cabinet expansion, 43 new ministers have been added, taking the total count to 78.
The National Election Watch and the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have released a report analyzing the criminal, property and educational background of the 78 ministers currently in the Indian cabinet based on the information contained in their affidavits.
The criminal background details of the report are as follows:
Of the 78 ministers analyzed, 33 (42%) ministers reported having criminal cases against them. Of these, 24 (31%) ministers have been charged with serious criminal offenses, including murder, attempted murder and theft.
An attempt to murder case has been registered against four ministers under Section-307 of the IPC. It is noteworthy that all of them belong to the BJP. There is a murder case against one.
Five ministers, including Home Minister Amit Shah, are facing charges under Section 153A of the IPC for cases related to Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony. And IPC Section-295A for Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs. All five belong to the BJP.
Meanwhile, 7 BJP ministers have been charged with election related crimes.
Property and Education Background:
Of the 78 ministers analyzed, 70 (90%) are millionaires. Of these, 4 ministers have declared assets of over Rs 50 crore. The report states that the average asset of a minister is Rs 16.24 crore.
12 (15%) ministers are declared to be educated from 8th to 12th class and 64 (82%) ministers are reported to be graduates or above.
22 ministers (28%) declared their age between 31 and 50, while 56 (72%) of them are between the ages of 51 and 70. Of the 78 ministers, only 11 are women.