2015 Delhi polls: 114 candidates with criminal background, 230 crorepatis in the fray

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New Delhi, Jan 31: The Delhi elections will see a total of 114 candidates with criminal cases pending against them fighting the polls this year. According to a detailed research done by the Delhi Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) in the previous elections to Delhi 130 candidates had declared pending criminal cases against them.

230 out of 673 candidates are crorepatis. During the previous Delhi Assembly elections in 2013, 265 crorepatis and in the 2008 Delhi Assembly elections there were 180 crorepatis.

Criminal Background

114 (17%) out of 673 candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves. During the previous Delhi Assembly elections in 2013, out of 796 candidates analysed, 130 (16%) candidates had declared criminal cases against themselves and in the 2008 Delhi Assembly elections, out of 790 candidates analysed, 111 (14%) candidates had declared criminal cases against themselves.

Candidates with Serious Criminal Cases:

74 (11%) out of 673 candidates have declared serious criminal cases against themselves. During the previous Delhi Assembly elections in 2013, out of 796 candidates analysed, 94 (12%) candidates had declared serious criminal cases against themselves and in the 2008 Delhi Assembly elections, out of 790 candidates analysed, 32 (4%) candidates had declared criminal cases against themselves.

Party-wise candidates with Criminal Cases:

27 (39%) out of 69 candidates from BJP, 23 (33%) out of 70 candidates from AAP, 21 (30%) out of 70 candidates from INC, 12 (17%) out of 70 candidates from BSP, 1 candidate fielded by SAD and 15 (8%) out of 195 independent candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

17 (25%) out of 69 candidates from BJP, 14 (20%) out of 70 candidates from AAP, 11 (16%) out of 70 candidates from INC, 11 (16%) out of 70 candidates from BSP, 1 candidate fielded by SAD and 9 (5%) out of 195 independent candidates have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

1 candidate has declared cases related to murder and 5 candidates have declared cases of attempt to murder.

Candidates with cases related to Crimes against Women:

8 candidates have declared cases related to crimes against women. Out of these, 3 candidates have declared charges related to assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty (IPC Section-354), 3 candidates with charges related to word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman (IPC Section-509), 1 candidate with a charge related to husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty (IPC Section-498A), 1 candidate with a charge related to causing miscarriage without woman's consent (IPC Section-313) and 1 candidate with a charge related to kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage, etc. (IPC Section-366).

Candidates with cases related to Robbery and dacoity:

4 candidates have declared cases related to robbery and dacoity. These cases include charges related to dacoity (IPC Section-395), robbery or dacoity with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt (IPC Section-397) etc.

Red-alert Constituencies

19 constituencies have at least 3 candidates with declared criminal cases. Tughlakabad constituency has five candidates who have declared criminal cases against themselves.

Red Alert Constituencies are those which have 3 or more candidates with criminal cases contesting elections.

Financial Background

230 (34%) out of 673 candidates are crorepatis. During the previous Delhi Assembly elections in 2013, 265 (33%) out of 796 candidates analysed were crorepatis and in the 2008 Delhi Assembly elections, 180 (23%) out of 790 candidates analysed had declared total assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore.

62 (9%) out of 673 candidates declared assets worth more than Rs. 10 crores.

Party-wise Crorepati Candidates:

59 (84%) out of 70 candidates from INC, 50 (72%) out of 69 candidates from BJP, 44 (63%) out of 70 candidates from AAP, 28 (40%) out of 70 candidates from BSP and 27 (14%) out of 195 independent candidates are crorepatis.

The average assets per candidate for the Delhi 2015 Assembly elections are Rs. 3.32 crores. The average assets per candidate analysed in the previous Delhi Assembly election 2013 were Rs. 3.43 crores and the average assets per candidate analysed in the 2008 Delhi Assembly elections were Rs. 1.77 crores.

Party-wise Average Assets:

Among major parties, the average assets per candidate for 70 INC candidates are Rs 9.60 crores, 70 AAP candidates have average assets of Rs.5.89 crores, 70 BSP candidates have average assets worth of Rs.2.16 crores, 69 BJP candidates have average assets worth of Rs.7.96 crores and 195 independent candidates have average assets of Rs. 63.35 lakhs.

Candidates with High Liabilities:

A total of 32 candidates have declared liabilities of above Rs. 1 crore. 3 candidates have declared liabilities of Rs. 10 crore and above. 5 candidates have declared total annual income of more than Rs. 1 crore.

261 (39%) candidates out of 673 candidates have not declared income tax details. 15 candidates with assets worth more than Rs 1 crore, have not declared Income Tax Details.

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