As per the analysis of 275 sitting MLAs, 158 of them, amounting to 58 per cent have declared criminal cases against themselves. The analysis was done by the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Maharashtra Election Watch (MEW).

ADR and MEW have analyzed the criminal, financial and other background details of 275 of 287 sitting MLAs. Of these MLAs, 110 MLAs have declared serious criminal cases, three MLAs have declared cases related to the murder and 14 MLAs have declared cases related to attempt to murder.

The party-wise break up of criminal cases against MLAs amounts to 72 out of 117 MLAs from BJP, which is 62 per cent, 46 out of 61 MLAs belong to Shiv Sena, which is 75 per cent, 14 of 40 MLAs are from Congress, which is 62 per cent and 4 out of 6 Independent MLAs, which is 62 per cent, have criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

Coming to the money giants, a huge chunk of legislators are in the eight-figure bracket. Of 275 sitting MLAs analyzed, 239 are crorepatis amounting to 87 per cent.

The party-wise crorepati MLAs include 99 (85 percent) of 117 MLAs from BJP, 51 (84 percent) out of 61 MLAs from Shiv Sena, 37 (95 percent) of 39 MLAs from NCP, 36 (90 percent) out of 40 MLAs from Congress and 5 (83 percent) out of 6 Independent MLAs have declared assets valued more than Rs 1 crore.

The average assets per MLA for BJP MLAs is Rs 11.45 crore, Shiv Sena MLAs is Rs 6.83 crore, Congress MLAs is Rs 8.36 crore, 39 NCP MLAs is Rs 10.56 crore and 6 Independent MLAs have average assets of Rs 12.80 crore.

The top three MLAs with highest assets in Maharashtra are BJP’s Mangal Prabhat Lodha from Malabar Hill constituency in Mumbai with total assets of Rs 198 crore, Abu Azmi of the Samajwadi Party from Mumbai with total assets of Rs 156 crore and BJP’s Jagdish Tukaram Mulik from Pune with assets of Rs 104 crore.

Assembly elections will be held in Maharashtra in a single phase on October 21. Counting of votes will take place on October 24 and the results will be out on the same day.

The five-year term of the Legislative Assembly of Maharashtra expires on November 9.