Know your candidates: 256 crorepatis, 107 criminals are contesting 2nd phase of UP polls

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Lucknow, Feb 10: According to a report, 256 crorepatis and 107 candidates with criminal records are in the fray for the second phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections to be held on February 15.

The report, jointly prepared by Uttar Pradesh Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms, has analysed the records of a total of 719 candidates from 92 political parties who are contesting the polls.

Rahul Akhilesh

Here we bring you the details from the report...

Candidates with criminal background

--Out of 719 candidates analysed, 107 (15%) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves.

--Eighty four (12%) candidates have declared serious criminal cases, including cases related to murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, crimes against women etc.

--Six candidates have declared cases related to murder.·

--Fifteen candidates have declared cases related to attempt to murder (Indian Penal Code Section-307).

--Five candidates have declared cases related to assault against woman (Indian Penal Code Section-354) and dowry death.

--Seven candidates have declared cases related to kidnapping for ransom, etc. (Indian Penal Code Section- 364, 364A, 365).

Party wise candidates with criminal cases

It report noted that 16 out of 67 candidates from the Bharatiya Janata Party, 25 of 67 from the Bahujan Samaj Party, 6 of 52 from the Rashtriya Lok Dal, 21 of 51 from the Samajwadi Party, 6 of 18 from the Congress and 13 of 206 independent candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

Red alert constituencies

There are 15 red alert constituencies. These constituencies are those which have 3 or more candidates with a criminal background.

Financial background of candidates

The report said that out of 719 candidates, 256 are crorepatis adding that 58 from the BSP, 50 from the BJP, 45 from the SP, 13 from the Congress, 15 from the RLD and 36 independent candidates have declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore.

The average asset per candidate contesting in the second phase of UP elections is Rs 2.01 crore. A total of three candidates have declared zero assets in their self-sworn affidavit.

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