Patna, Oct 5: The first phase of the Bihar elections will see more men candidates when compared to women. There are 530 male candidates contesting the first phase of the elections as compared to the 53 women.
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A report put out by the Association for Democratic Reforms provides some interesting statistics.
In the report by the ADR (In Bihar polls, 130 candidates have serious criminal cases pending against them) it was stated that there are 130 candidates have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to murder, attempt to murder, communal disharmony, kidnapping, crimes against women against them.
Some interesting statistics:
The richest candidate is Binod Kumar Singh. He is an independent candidate contesting from the Warshinagar constituency and has assets worth Rs 74 crore.
-Poonam Devi Yadav, JD(U) candidate contesting from Khagaria has assets worth Rs 41 crore.
- Ajeet Sharma of the Indian National Congress contesting from Bhagalpur is worth Rs 40 crore.
There are two candidates who have declared zero assets.
- Suresh Sada contesting from Bakhri of the Bharatiya Janhit Dal has declared zero assets.
-Pradep Rajbhanshi contesting from Hisua of the Moolniwasi Samaj Party has also declared zero assets.
-Yogeshwar Manjhi and independent candidate contesting from Barbigha has declared assets worth Rs 954.
The red alert constituencies:
In all there are 37 red alert constituencies in Bihar. A red alert constituency is one which has 3 or more candidates with pending criminal cases against them. Mohiuddinnagar a red alert constituency has 9 candidates with pending criminal cases against them thus making it the highest.
Jamalpur with 6, Behlar and Suragarha with 6 each are the other red alert constituencies in Bihar.
14 (52%) out of 27 candidates from BJP, 14 (56%) out of 25 candidates from Communist Party of India (CPI), 8 (20%) out of 41 candidates from BSP, 11 (46%) out of 24 candidates fielded by JD(U), 9 (50%) out of 18 candidates from Samajwadi Party (SP).
8 (47%) out of 17 candidates of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), 6 (75%) out of 8 candidates fielded by Indian National Congress (INC), 8 (62%) out of 13 candidates of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) along with 8 (67%) out of 12 candidates of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)) and 45 (23%) out of 192 Independent candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.
10 (37%) out of 27 candidates from BJP, 7 (28%) out of 25 candidates from CPI, 6 (15%) out of 41 candidates from BSP, 9 (38%) out of 24 candidates fielded by JD(U), 7 (39%) out of 18 candidates from SP, 6 (35%) out of 17 candidates of RJD, 4 (50%) out of 8 candidates fielded by INC, 6 (46%) out of 13 candidates of LJP along with 5 (42%) out of 12 candidates of the CPI(M) and 38 (20%) out of 192 Independent candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.
37 constituencies (Red Alert) in the first phase of Bihar assembly elections have 3 or more candidates with declared criminal cases. Red Alert Constituencies are those which have 3 or more candidates with criminal cases contesting elections.
The highest number of crorepati candidates are the independents. There are 42 independents who according to their declaration have suggested that they are crorepatis.
The ruling JD(U) comes second with 19 crorepati candidates. The BJP has 18 while the RJD and Indian National Congress have 17 and 6 respectively. Out of the 583 candidates, 146 (25%) are crorepatis.
18 (67%) out of 27 fielded by BJP, 19 (79%) out of 24 candidates from JD(U), 11 (65%) out of 17 candidates from RJD, 6 (33%) out of 18 candidates fielded by SP, 6 (75%) out of 8 candidates of INC, 8 (62%) out of 13 candidates of LJP, 3(7%) out of 41 candidates of BSP and 42 (22%) out of 192 Independent candidates have declared assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore.
The average of assets per candidate contesting in the first phase of Bihar assembly elections is Rs.1.44 crores.
Among major parties, the average assets per candidate for 27 BJP candidates is Rs 2.15 crores, 41 BSP candidates have average assets of Rs 1.63 crores, 24 JD(U) candidates have average assets worth of Rs 4.63 crores.
8 INC candidates have average assets worth Rs 8 crores, 17 RJD candidates have average assets worth of Rs 4.08 crores, the average assets per candidate for 18 SP candidates is Rs 78.27 lakhs, 13 LJP candidates have average assets of Rs 2.7 crores and 192 Independent candidates have average assets of Rs. 1.23 crores.