Kolkata, May 10 UNI | 7 months ago

Altogether 1,396 candidates of the 8,163 contestants seeking entry in the 543-seat of Parliament have criminal cases pending against them, including murder, and the average asset growth in five years for 396 sitting MPs seeking re-election is Rs 8.47 crore, according to National Election Watch (NEW).

Candidates with cases related to man slaughtering are 57, of them BSP topped with 12, followed by four each of BJP, CPI (ML)L and SP, three each from RJD and JD(U), one Each from INC, AAP, AITC, CPI(M) and 12 independent candidates.

And candidates with cases related to attempt to murder are 173. Of them BJP and CPI(ML) have 19 each, BSP has 18, SP has 14, 7 each of AAP and JD(U), 6 each from AITC and INC, 5 from RJD, 4 from JVM(P), 2 each from CPI(M) and DMK each and 28 candidates are independents.

The contestants seeking votes from people have also cases related to crimes against women.

As many as 58 candidates have cases related to crimes against women.

Of them six candidates have declared cases of rape. While BSP has six candidates, three each from AITC, BJP, INC and SP, 2 each from JD(U), and one each from AAP, CPI, CPI(ML)L, MNS, RJD, Shiv Sena and YSRCP each and 18 independents.

The percentage of candidates having criminal cases is now 17 ( 1396), which could have been gone higher if the two watchdogs - NEW and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), had access to another 67 candidates, whose affidavits were illegible.

"We have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 8,163 candidates out of 8230 candidates who have contested in the Lok Sabha 2014 elections. The rest of the candidates were not analysed due to unclear/incomplete affidavits uploaded on the ECI website at the time of making of this report," an NEW spokespersons said.

The analysis was for criminal background, financial status, educational standards and gender and other details of the candidates.

Comparatively the percentage of the criminal candidates was on rise in every election as out of 7,810 candidates analysed during Lok Sabha 2009 elections, 1158 (15%) candidates had declared criminal cases against themselves.

Besides the 17 per cent candidates have criminal cases, of murder sex and sex violation, average assets per candidate contesting the nine-phase poll from April 7 to May 12, is Rs 3.16 crores.

Party-wise average assets among major parties - per candidate for INC is Rs 13.27 crores, Rs Rs10.32 crore BJP, Rs 2.77 crores for AAP.

Eight phases of polls have ended on May 7, the last phase of poll is on May 12 as an estimated 814.5 million, the largest in the world, to elect the 16th Lok Sabha. The results are expected on May 16.

(Posted on 10-05-2014)

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