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In India, more lawmakers face criminal charges Crime still pays in world’s largest democracy

NEW DELHI, May 18, (RTRS): More legislators charged with crimes will sit in India’s new parliament than previously, a democracy watchdog said on Sunday, in a reminder that crime still pays in the world’s largest democracy.

Prime minister-elect Narendra Modi, who made fighting graft a central plank of his victorious campaign, won a stunning mandate to govern India by claiming the first clear majority in three decades. But many of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) colleagues elected to the new parliament faces serious criminal charges. Four out of the nine legislators who face murder cases come from his party.

Thirty-four percent of the winners in India’s election have criminal cases pending against them, four percentage points more than in 2009, analysis of the candidates affidavits by the Association for Democratic Reforms found.

Of that, 21 percent were charged with serious crimes such as murder, kidnapping and sexual assault, up from 15 percent in the last election, the group said.

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