311 candidates in Kerala have pending criminal cases against them

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New Delhi, May 12: There are 311 candidates in Kerala who have declared pending criminal cases against them.

Out of the 1,125 candidates analysed by the Kerala Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) 138 have declared serious criminal charges against them.

Ker: 311 candidates have criminal cases

The CPI(M) has fielded the highest number of candidates with a criminal background. The report suggests that out of the 84 candidates that the CPI(M) has fielded, 72 or 86 per cent have declared pending criminal cases against them.

Criminal Background

Candidates with Criminal Cases: Out of the 1125 candidates, 311 (28%) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves.

Candidates with Serious Criminal Cases: 138 (12%) candidates have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to murder, attempt to murder, rape, kidnapping, dacoity crimes against women etc.

Candidates with cases related to murder: 4 candidates have declared charges related to murder (Indian Penal Code Section-302).

Candidates with cases related to Attempt to Murder: 19 candidates have declared charges related to attempt to murder (Indian Penal Code Section-307).

Candidates with cases related to Crimes against Women: 11 candidates have declared charges related to crimes against women.

Candidates with cases related to Rape: 1 candidate namely Shajahan. S of an Independent from Parassala constituency has declared 1 charge related to Rape (Indian Penal Code Section-376).

Party wise Candidates with Criminal Cases: 72 (86%) out of 84 candidates from CPI(M), 42 (43%) out of 97 candidates from BJP, 37 (44%) out of 85 candidates from INC, 13 (36%) out of 36 candidates fielded by Bharath Dharma Jana Sena.

15 (60%) out of 25 candidates from CPI, 6 (26%) out of 23 from IUML, 25 (31%) out of 80 from SDPI and 43 (11%) out of 387 Independent candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

Party wise Candidates with Serious Criminal Cases: 26 (31%) out of 84 candidates from CPI(M), 23 (24%) out of 97 candidates from BJP, 23 (27%) out of 85 candidates from INC, 7 (19%) out of 36 candidates fielded by Bharath Dharma Jana Sena.

4 (16%) out of 25 candidates from CPI, 1 (4%) out of 23 from IUML, 7 (9%) out of 80 from SDPI and 27 (7%) out of 387 Independent candidates have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

Red Alert Constituencies: 48 constituencies in the Kerala assembly elections have 3 or more candidates with declared criminal cases.

Financial background:

Out of the 1125 candidates, 202 (18%) are crorepatis.

Party wise Crorepati Candidates: 43 (51%) out of 85 candidates from INC, 24 (29%) out of 84 candidates from CPI(M), 18 (19%) out of 97 candidates from BJP, 18 (50%) out of 36 candidates from Bharath Dharma Jana Sena.

2 (29%) out of 7 candidates from AIADMK, 17 (74%) out of 23 candidates from IUML, 9 (60%) out of 15 candidates from Kerala Congress (M) and 30 (8%) out of 387 Independent candidates have declared assets worth Rs 1 Crore and above in their affidavits.

Average assets: The average of assets per candidate contesting in the Kerala Assembly Elections is Rs 1.28 Crores.

Party wise average assets: Among major parties, the average assets per candidate for 85 INC candidates is Rs 1.83 Crores, 97 BJP candidates have average assets of Rs 1.03 Crores, 84 CPI(M) candidates have average assets worth Rs 1.51 Crores.

7 AIADMK candidates have average assets of Rs 35.14 Crores, 36 Bharath Dharma Jana Sena candidates have average assets worth Rs 3.19 Crores, 25 CPI candidates have average assets worth Rs 71.16 Lakhs, average assets of 23 IUML candidates is Rs 4.21 Crores.

15 Kerala Congress (M) candidates have average assets of Rs 3.16 Crores, 7 JD(U) candidates have average assets of Rs 5.25 Crores, 5 JD(S) candidates have average assets of Rs 4.59 Crores and 387 Independent candidates have average assets of Rs. 43.87 Lakhs.

Zero asset candidates: 7 candidates have declared zero assets in their self sworn affidavits.

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