West Bengal assembly polls phase 6: 15 crorepatis, 33 with pending criminal cases in fray

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Kolkata, May 3: In phase 6 of the West Bengal elections, there are 15 crorepati candidates and 33 with pending criminal cases against them.

The Association for Democratic Reforms which has analysed the sworn affidavits of 169 candidates contesting in the 6th phase says in its report that out of the 33 candidates with pending criminal cases there are 27 who have declared serious charges against them.

WB: 15 crorepatis, 33 criminals in fray

The report also states that the average assets of the candidates is 57.4 lakh. The All India Trinamool Congress has 8 crorepati candidates while the BJP and Congress have one each.

Candidates with pending criminal cases:

Out of the 169 candidates analysed, 33 (20%) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves. 27 (16%) candidates have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to murder, attempt to murder, theft, 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: 6 candidates have declared cases of attempt to murder (IPC Section-307).
  • Candidates with cases related to crimes against women: 5 candidates have declared cases related to crimes against women.
  • Party wise candidates with criminal cases: 6 (24%) out of 25 candidates from BJP, 9 (38%) out of 24 candidates from AITC, 3 (38%) out of 8 candidates from CPI (M), 2 (50%) out of 4 candidates of AIFB, 1 (25%) out of 4 candidates fielded by INC, and 2 (8%) out of 24 Independent candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.
  • Party wise Candidates with serious criminal cases: 6 (24%) out of 25 candidates from BJP, 7 (29%) out of 24 candidates from AITC, 2 (25%) out of 8 candidates from CPI (M), 2 (50%) out of 4 candidates of AIFB, 1 (25%) out of 4 candidates fielded by INC, and 2 (8%) out of 24 Independent candidates have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.
  • Red Alert constituencies: 2 constituencies Panskura Paschim and Panskura Purba in Phase 6 of West Bengal assembly elections have 3 or more candidates with declared criminal cases.

Financial Background

  • Crorepati Candidates: Out of the 169 candidates analysed, 15 (9%) are crorepatis.
  • Party wise crorepati candidates: 8 (33%) out of 24 fielded by AITC, 1 (4%) out of 25 candidates from BJP, 1 (25%) out of4 candidates from INC, 1 (25%) out of 4 candidates fielded by AIFB, 1 (13%) out of 8 candidates of CPI (M) and 2 (8%) out of 24 Independent candidates have declared assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore.
  • Average assets: The average of assets per candidate contesting in Phase 6 of the West Bengal Assembly Elections is Rs 57.24 Lakhs.
  • Party wise average assets: Among major parties, the average assets per candidate for 25 BJP candidates is Rs 29.65 Lakhs, 24 AITC candidates have average assets of Rs 1. 02 crores, 24 SUCI (C) candidates have average assets worth Rs 21.25 Lakhs, 4 INC candidates have average assets worth Rs 4.81crore, average assets of 8 CPI (M) candidates is Rs 45.86 Lakhs, 8 BSP candidates have average assets of Rs 2.44 Lakhs and 24 Independent candidates have average assets of Rs. 92.43 Lakhs.

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