Punjab polls 2017: 100 candidates have declared criminal cases

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Out of the 1,145 candidates contesting the Punjab assembly elections 2017, 100 have declared criminal cases against them. The analysis done by Association for Democratic Reforms stated that 77 candidates have declared serious criminal cases against them. Four candidates have declared cases related to murder (Indian Penal Code Section-302) against them. Eleven candidates have declared cases related to attempt to murder against them. Five candidates have declared cases related to crimes against women.

Aam Aadmi Party convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during a road show of Punjab assembly elections in Jalandhar. Photo for representation only. Photograph: PTI

Fourteen out of 117 candidates from the Indian National Congress, 12 (11 out of 112 candidates from Aam Aadmi Party, 10 out of 94 candidates from the Shiromani Akali Dal, 7 out of 77 candidates from the Apna Punjab Party, 5 out of 54 candidates from SAD-A, 2 out of 23 candidates from the Bhartiya Janta Party , and 19 (6%) out of 304 independent candidates have declared criminal cases against them in their affidavits.

Party wise candidates with serious criminal cases:

Nine out of 117 candidates from INC, 9 out of 112 candidates from the AAP, 8 out of 94 candidates from the SAD, 5 of 77 candidates from the APP, 5 out of 54 candidates from SAD-A, 1 out of 23 candidates from the BJP, and 18 out of 304 Independent candidates have declared serious criminal cases including murder, attempt to murder, crime against women, kidnapping etc. against them in their affidavits.

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