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Majority of MLAs who Switched Parties were from Indian National Congress, as per ADR Report

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The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) released a report according to which an analysis of MLAs who changed parties has found that the BJP was the biggest winner. Most MLAs in lately recontested assembly elections left the Congress party. 

The ADR report said that the highest number of MLAs who shifted to other parties were from Congress.  About 39.22 percent of the total MLA left Congress. From the congress party, twenty out of the 51 MLAs left their parties to become a member of another party. 15 MLAs left Trinamool Congress to join a different party to contest elections.

In the latest assembly elections in Puducherry, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal, the Congress party lost most of their party candidates. According to the report in the recent Assembly elections 2021, about 39.22 percent out of 60 re-contesting MLAs who switched political parties joined the BJP. 

The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) report released analyzed the election affidavits of MLAs who changed parties and recontested polls in the new assembly elections.

The trend in data suggests major loopholes in the Indian democracy. These defections put up plausible reasons like money power, insufficient laws, and lack of political conviction as major causes of such shifting. 

Out of the 60 candidates who changed their parties, 13.33 percent were from Congress, followed by All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) which lost five candidates,  the All India United Democratic Front  (AIUDF) losing again five and BJP which also lost five candidates. 

15 candidates became a member of the BJP, followed by eight joining the AITC and five who joined the Indian National Congress (INC). 

The statistical data suggests the current electoral and political situation will certainly deteriorate further. The increasing number of defections indicates that the candidate’s individual interest weighs more than the interest of the people of India. The loopholes in the Indian democracy obstruct the functioning of our Constitution. Political parties and Politicians should put an end to the ‘politics of self-interest.

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