23 per cent record candidates in fray have criminal record
Out of 1000 candidates, whose affidavits were analysed, 225 candidates or 23 per cent have declared criminal cases against them, while 141 are facing serious criminal charges, including murder,kidnapping, and crimes against women, according to a survey conducted by the Andhra Pradesh Election Watch (APEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms(ADR),in the first phase of polls in Andhra Pradesh, to be held on April 30.
Out of the 1000 candidates analysed, 337 (34%) candidates are crorepatis contesting in the first phase Assembly elections at Telangana region, the survey said.
The Analysis included checking of Criminal Background, Financial status, Education, Gender and other details of candidates contesting the first phase Assembly elections in Telangana region.
APEW and ADR have analysed the affidavits of 1000 out of 1669 candidates contesting in 119 constituencies of the first phase elections to be held on April 30 in Andhra Pradesh.
The report includes analysis of only candidates fielded by political parties and does not include independent candidates.
Thirty Four (30 per cent) out of 113 candidates fielded by INC have criminals cases, while 15 (33 per cent) out of 45 candidates from BJP, 28 (39 per cent) out of 72 candidates from TDP 21 (23 per cent) out of 92 candidates from YSRCP and 62 (52 per cent) out of 119 candidates from TRS have declared criminal cases in their affidavits, the survey report said.
While referring to serious criminal report of candidates, it said 24 (21 per cent) out of 113 candidates fielded by INC have serious criminal records while Eight per cent (18 per cent) out of 45 candidates from BJP, 16 per cent (22 per cent) out of 72 candidates from TDP, 13 (14 per cent) out of 92 candidates from YSRCP and 38 (32 per cent) out of 119 candidates from TRS have declared serious criminal cases in their affidavits, the report added.
(Posted on 27-04-2014)