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Assembly polls 2021: Report says most defectors were from Congress

Association for Democratic Reforms, the NGO who conducted the survey, recommended tighter norms and constitutional changes to discourage party hopping
Highest number of MLAs, 20 (39.22 per cent), left INC to join another party during the recent Assembly elections 2021, while 15 (29.41 per cent) MLAs left AITC to join a different party to contest elections during this period
Highest number of MLAs, 20 (39.22 per cent), left INC to join another party during the recent Assembly elections 2021, while 15 (29.41 per cent) MLAs left AITC to join a different party to contest elections during this period
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Our Special Correspondent   |   New Delhi   |   Published 09.06.21, 01:30 AM

Most candidates who changed parties in the recent polls to five Legislative Assemblies were from the Congress and the destination of most party hoppers was the BJP, according to a report by the NGO Association for Democratic Reforms.

In its “Analysis of Re-Contesting Candidates and MLAs who Changed Parties in the Recent Assembly Elections 2021”, the ADR recommended tighter norms and constitutional changes to discourage defection.

The report said: “Maximum number of candidates, 8 (13.33 per cent) left INC (Congress) to join another party during the recent Assembly elections 2021, while 5 (8.33 per cent) candidates left each from AIADMK, AIUDF and BJP to join a different party to contest elections during this period. In recent Assembly elections 2021, 15 (25 per cent) out of the total of 60 re-contesting candidates who switched political parties joined the BJP followed by 8 (13.33 per cent) candidates who joined AITC (Trinamul Congress) and 5 (8.33 per cent) candidates who joined INC.”

It added: “Highest number of MLAs, 20 (39.22 per cent), left INC to join another party during the recent Assembly elections 2021, while 15 (29.41 per cent) MLAs left AITC to join a different party to contest elections during this period. In recent Assembly elections 2021, 20 (39.22 per cent) out of 60 re-contesting MLAs who switched political parties joined the BJP followed by 17 (33.33 per cent) MLAs who joined AITC and 7 (13.73 per cent) MLAs who joined Amma Makkal Munnettra Kazagam (sic).”



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