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How many politicians have a criminal record?

In the 2014, Lok Sabha elections, of 542 winning candidates, 185 or 34% had declared criminal cases against themselves. Crimes included serious ones like murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, crimes against women, communal disharmony, etc. The Congress had 15 or 21% of such candidates, BSP had 14 or 21% candidates, while the AAP, which won, had 5 or 7% of such candidates. In September 2018, the Supreme Court declined to ban politicians with criminal cases from contesting elections. It said Parliament should enact laws to ensure people with criminal cases do not enter politics. For the first time in Indian Elections, candidates with criminal records will have to publicise the information on TV and newspapers, thrice, during the campaign.
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