Bhubaneswar, Apr 6 UNI | 4 months ago

About 147 candidates of the total 673 contesting the 70 Assembly seats in Odisha in the first phase of elections on April 10 have criminal cases against them.

A majority of them nearly 115 candidates, have serious criminal cases including murder, rape, kidnapping and crime against women,according an analysis of criminal backgrounds jointly conducted by the Odisha election watch and association of democratic forums on the basis of affidavits submitted by the candidates.

Releasing the report at a news conference here, Odisha election watch co-ordinator Ranjan Mohanty said party wise a majority of Congress candidates 44 out of 70 topped the list followed by BJP (26 candidates) and ruling Biju Janata dal (17 candidates).

He said 26 candidates have declared murder related cases against them in their affidavit, 16 candidates with cases under crime against women and four cases declared cases under prevention of corruption act.

Mr Mohanty further said out of 115 candidates declared serious criminal cases against them, 31 belonged to Congress,23 from the BJP and 13 from the ruling BJD, the three major political parties in the state.

At least three of the total 43 candidates belonging to AAP have serious criminal cases against them.Out of 126 independents filed their nomination in the first phase, 22 have declared criminal cases against them.

The ruling BJD, the Congress and the BJP have fielded their candidates in all the 70 Assembly seats going to poll in the first phase on April 10.

The report said sitting Congress MLA Subal Sahu from Bijapur Assembly seat has declared rape charges against himself.

(Posted on 06-04-2014)