Jason OverdorfAugust 2, 2013 05:07
NEW DELHI — To ensure a quorum, India's legislature ought to consider moving its sessions to the local clink.
A staggering 162 out of 543 honorable members of India's lower house face criminal charges, according to a new report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a non-profit election watchdog. The number in state-level legislatures is 1258 out of 4032.
Worse still, statistics show that a candidate with a criminal record is nearly twice as likely than one with a clean record to win a seat at the big table. Criminals are even sought out by parties, for their nefarious attributes.