The Association for Democratic Reforms, or ADR, has swiftly come out with an examination of the recently elected Assemblies in Maharashtra and in Haryana. Interestingly, the trend in MLAs with criminal cases is very different in the two states. As Table 1 shows, Maharashtra has seen an increase in the number of MLAs with criminal cases, and with serious criminal cases; Haryana, on the other hand, has shown a decrease. It is also worth noting from Table 2 that the percentage of Congress MLAs with criminal cases is noticeably lower. When it comes to economic status, the results are startling. Almost all MLAs, as Table 3 shows, have at least Rs 1 crore in assets. This is the case across parties – with the possible exception of the
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