In the newly elected 16th Lok Sabha, the Lower House of Indian Parliament, there are 87 Members who are facing rioting charges in different courts of the country. At least 13 of them are facing charges related to promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race etc. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his maiden speech in Parliament this past Wednesday talked about genuine welfare and inclusive growth of minorities, it is a fact that 10 out of the 13 MPs facing charges of communal rioting are from Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.
As per candidates’ affidavits with the Election Commission, there are 185 MPs (34% of the total strength of Lok Sabha) who have criminal cases pending against them. Some 111 of them have serious criminal cases.
Out of 185, there are 87 MPs (16.02% of the total strength of Lok Sabha) who are facing rioting charges under Sections 147, 148, 153A of Indian Penal Code.
Party-wise, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has the largest share of such MPs who are facing rioting charges. Out of 87 such MPs, 41 are from BJP, 8 from its ally Shiv Sena, 5 from Trinamool Congress and 3 from Congress party.
As for states, Maharashtra leads with 18 such MPs. With 15 MPs, Uttar Pradesh is at No. 2 followed by Andhra Pradesh and Bihar each with 8 MPs.
(COURTESY: INDIA TOMORROW)