Resign before Jan 26th is an intriguing campaign by Srikant Sastry & friends to try and shame 2 MPs and 42 MLAs, accused of crimes against women including rape, into voluntarily resigning before Jan 26th, 2013. While there’s universal agreement that our politicians are habitually shameless, it will still be interesting to see what kind of traction this campaign will have. Sastry is a Delhi-based entrepreneur and angel investor. CNN-IBN covered the campaign (link here) and the campaign’s Facebook page had 770+ Likes when I clicked Like (past 1800 as of Jan 6).
The data has been culled together from the affidavits submitted by candidates to the Election Commission of India and the various state election commissions (via Association for Democratic Reforms).
- Of these accused, six MLAs are accused of rape.
- As many as three of them are from Samajwadi Party (SP): Sribhagwan Sharma, Anoop Sanda and Manoj Kumar, all from Uttar Pradesh. Mohd Aleem Khan from BSP is another such accused from the same state.
- The BJP’s Jethabhai G Ahir from Gujarat and TDP’s Kandikunta Venkata Prasad from Andhra Pradesh are the other two.
Speaking to IBNLive, Sastri said, “While we understand that being accused for a crime and being convicted are not the same, given the level of public outrage, the lengthy judicial process and the haplessly low conviction rates, we believe it’s time for the political parties of the country to try to reclaim the higher ground.”
Out of the 260 candidates who declared that they have been charged with crimes against women, 72 are/were independent candidates, 24 have been given tickets by the BJP, 26 by the Congress, 16 by the SP and 18 by the BSP.
Maharasthra has the maximum number of such candidates (41), followed by Uttar Pradesh (37) and West Bengal (22).