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Fifty-two of Odisha’s newly-elected 147 legislators have criminal background, an election watchdog said Monday. The BJD tops the list of tainted assembly members, with 32 of its 117 legislators having criminal charges against them. Nine of the 16 Congress legislators and eight of 10 Bharatiya Janata Party lawmakers have a criminal past. There are at least 23 BJD, eight Congress and seven BJP legislators among them who have faced serious charges like attempt to murder, robbery, dacoity and kidnapping.

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