Lok Sabha election 2019: Disconnect between voter needs and poll plans, says ADR Survey

Members of Parliament (MPs) in India are not only far richer than an average Indian voter but the former also adds to his\/her wealth at a much faster pace. Sitting MPs, who are contesting in the 2019 elections, saw their assets jump 41% to an average of Rs 23.65 crore, according to an analysis by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a non-government outfit that works for About 29% of all candidates in the ongoing general elections are crorepatis, compared with 27% in 2014 and 16% in 2009. In comparison, the average salary income reported by Indians stood at just Rs 3.19 lakh per year in 2016-17. If that was about the income tax-paying tiny upper stratum, the country ADR Of the 7,928 in the fray in the ongoing general election, 19% have criminal cases against them compared to 17% (of 8,205 candidates) in 2014 and 15% (of 7,810) in 2009. Candidates with ADR noted that 265 or 49% of the Lok Sabha constituencies are Red alert constituencies consisted of 45% in 2014 and 36% in 2009. Among the candidates in the 2019 elections, Ramesh Kumar Sharma, an Independent contestant from Pataliputra (Bihar) is the richest, with assets of over Rs 1,107 crore, followed by Congress While the BJP and the Congress have the highest share of crorepati candidates (83% each among those fielded by these parties), the CPI (M) saw its crorepati candidates grow from a mere 6% in 2009 to 36% in 2019. Interestingly, Reddy Congress A survey of 2.73 lakh people conducted by ADR in the 534 Lok Sabha constituencies to find out voters8%, followed by better hospital\/healthcare (34.6%), drinking water (30.5%) and better roads (28.34%). In all these parameters, voters gave below average rating (less than 3 out of 5) for the government.