Did you know that you are likely to lose a Lok Sabha election if you do not have a criminal background ?
This is not an opinion or ridicule towards politicians. This is cold statistics.
Out of 7809 contestants in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, 1159 (15%) have criminal cases pending against them. When you look at the winning sample, the density grows to 30% (163 out of 543) ! Mind you this is not an FIR or an allegation, this is a legal proceeding, in many cases where the plaintiff is the Government of India (i.e State) itself. In the table below, an increase in the percentage indicates that the trait is more prevalent in the winners.
N = 7809
N = 543
|Politicians with Declared Criminal Cases against them||15%||30%|
|Politicians with Declared Serious Criminal Cases against them||8%||14%|
Source: Association For Democratic Reforms, National Election Watch : http://myneta.info/ls2009/
So, if you are aspiring to become a political leader and sacrifice your life (sob sob) for the masses of this great nation, consider these insider tips.
- Make sure you have a criminal background.
- Better still, have a serious criminal background.
- Be rich. Stinking rich.
- Do not pay Income Tax
You would be surprised to know that 62% of the candidates that various political parties nominated for contesting elections and 15% of the current MPs (those who won) do not have a PAN card. Which means they do not pay Income Tax and any data regarding their income or net worth is suspect.
One good news, is that you are slightly more likely to win if you are a woman. But 11% representation of a gender that constitutes approximately 50% of the population leaves much to be deserved still.
Do you have your neta attire out yet ?