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It is a filthy rich Karnataka election: 883 crorepatis in the fray

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    There are 883 crorepati candidates contesting the Karnataka assembly elections 2018. Also in the fray are 391 candidates with pending criminal cases says a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms. ADR analysed the affidavits filed by 2,560 candidates.

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    254 (10%) candidates have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

    4 candidates have declared case related to murder (Indian Penal Code Section-302) against themselves.

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

    23 candidates have declared cases related to crime against women such as Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty (IPC Section-354); word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman (IPC Section -509) and cohabitation caused by man deceitfully including a belief of lawful marriage (IPC Section 493); Husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty (IPC Section-498A) etc.

    Among major parties, 83(37%) out of 224 candidates from BJP,59 (27%) out of 220 candidates analysed from INC, 41(21%) out of 199 candidates analysed from JD(S), 5(20%) out of 25 candidates analysed from JD(U), 5(19%) out of 27 candidates analysed from AAP and 108 (10%) out of 1090 independent candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

    Among major parties, 58(26%) out of 224 candidates from BJP,32 (15%) out of 220 candidates analysed from INC, 29(15%) out of 199 candidates analysed from JD(S), 3(12%) out of 25 candidates analysed from JD(U), 1(4%) out of 27 candidates analysed from AAP and 70 (6%) out of 1090 independent candidates have declared serious criminal cases including murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping etc. against themselves in their affidavits.

    Red Alert Constituency:

    There are 56(25%) red alert constituencies in the Karnataka Assembly Elections, 2018. Red Alert constiuencies are the constituencies which have 3 or more candidates with declared criminal cases.

    Financial background:

    Out of the 2560 candidates analysed, 883 (35%) are crorepatis.

    Among major parties, 208(93%) out of 224 candidates from BJP, 207 (94%) out of 220 candidates analysed from INC, 154(77%) out of 199 candidates analysed from JD(S), 13(52%) out of 25 candidates analysed from JD(U), 9(33%) out of 27 candidates analysed from AAP and 199 (18%) out of 1090 independent candidates have declared assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore.

    The average of assets per candidate contesting in the Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 is Rs 7.54 crores.

    Among the major parties, the average assets per candidate for 224 BJP candidates is Rs 17.86 crores, 220 INC candidates analysed have average assets of Rs 38.75 crores, 199 JD(S) candidates analysed have average assets worth Rs 20.91 crores, and 1090 Independent candidates analysed have average assets of Rs. 1.58 crores.

    The richest candidate is Priyakrishna of the Congress with assets worth Rs .1020 crore. He is followed by N Nagaraju of the Congress with assets worth Rs 1,015 crore. Third on the list is D K Shivakumar with assets worth Rs 840 crore.

    There are 17 candidates who have declared zero assets.

    A total of 309(12%) out of the 2650 candidates analysed have not declared their PAN details.

    Other details:

    One candidate has declared her age as 20 years. 849 (33%) candidates have declared their age to be between 25 and 40 years while 1351(53%) candidates have declared their age to be between 41 and 60 years.

    347(14%) candidates have declared their age to be between 61 and 80 years while 5 candidates have declared their age to be between above 80 years. 7 candidates have not given their age in their affidavits.

    209 (8%) women candidates are contesting in the Karnataka assembly election, 2018.

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