There were 152 MPs in the 15th Lok Sabha , who had criminal cases pending against them
In 16th Lok Sabha , this figure has gone up to 186 !
A case of ” Progressive Democracy ” ?
Supreme Court has directed the courts to complete their trials within 12 months
And , Narendra Modi has made a poll-promise to set up Special Courts for this purpose
Q : How many special courts will need to be set up ?
A : At least 15 ( my estimate ) – assuming that each court can dispose off ONE
case per month ie: 12 cases per year ( on daily hearing basis )
That is Do-Able, if BJP is really serious about breaking the nexus between politics and crime ( we will know soon ! )
May be 50 % of the MPs ( around 90 ) will get convicted , with a jail-term of 5 years or more , and lose their seats in the Lok Sabha.
That means , in 2016 – 2017 , Election Commission will need to conduct fresh elections in these 90 constituencies ! A mini General Election ?
Karl Marx may have said , ” Religion is the opium of the Masses ”
In India , it seems , ” Elections are the opium of the Masses ” !
* hemen parekh ( 23 May 2014 / Mumbai )