A scan of the affidavits filed in the four states and the final outcome at the hustings shows that many candidates with criminal antecedents were posted to easy victory. Nor was money power a deterrent: several legislators in the newly convened assemblies had assets, both moveable and immoveable, running into crores of rupees. Perhaps the one redeeming feature in these elections was that the electorate voted for more 'educated' legislators than in the previous years.
That crime and politics go hand in hand and that voters do not always see a criminal past as a disqualification was best reflected in the Delhi elections. Of the 817 candidates in the fray, 70 had cognisable criminal cases against them ranging from rioting, criminal assault, trespass, intimidation and, in one case, murder. As many as 25 of these candidates—13 from the Congress, 12 from the BJP—won their seat. Leaders of both parties admit that it is not easy to deny tickets to sitting mlas who are sure winners even though they may have a case registered against them.