Bhubaneswar, Apr 8 UNI | 4 months ago

An analysis of candidates contesting the 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha revealed that out of 196 candidates in the fray 39 have criminal cases against them and 55 are crorepatis.

Only 17 of the total 196 candidates are women constituting nearly 8.67 per cent.

While in the first phase of Lok Sbah elections slated to be held on April 10, 19 have criminal cases against them and 26 are crorepatis, 20 candidates having criminal cases and 29 crorepatis are in the fray for 11 Lok Sabha seats where elections would be held on April 17.

Basing on the affidavits submitted by 98 candidates who are in the fray for the second phase election to 11 Lok Sabha seats, the Odisha Election Watch at a news conference here claimed that out of 20 candidates 12 have declared serious criminmal cases relating to attempt to murder, intent to outrage the modesty of woman,criminal intimidation and communal disharmony.

He said party wise six out of eleven candidates from BJP, two out of 11 in Congress and 1 out of 11 in BJD,2 out of 11 in BSP and one out of 10 AAP candidates have criminal cases against them.

Similarly among the major parties, nine out of 11 candidates from Congress, 8 out of 11 from BJD and four from 11 candidates in BJP have declared assets worth over crore.

Ruling BJD's Pinaki Mishra contesting the Puri Lok Sabha seat topped the list of high assets candidate with Rs 137.09 crore followed by Mr Sanjaya Hans (Aam Odisha Party) for Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha seat with Rs 65.19 crore and Rabindra Kumar Jena of ruling BJD with Rs 57.01 crore.

At least eight of the total 29 crorepatis have declared their assets more than Rs 5 crore.

Mr Mohanty said the average assets of BJD candidates contesting the 11 Lok Sabha seats is Rs 23 crore while the average assets of Congress candidates is Rs 2,53 crore followed by BJP (Rs 1.06 crore).

(Posted on 08-04-2014)