UP poll phase 3: Political parties field 'millionaires' & 'criminals'

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Lucknow, April 22: Uttar Pradesh is set to witness third phase of polling on April 24 with 12 constituencies in the poll fray.

Mathura, Fatehpur Sikri, Firozabad, Mainpuri, Etawah, Etah, Kannauj, Farrukhabad, Akbarpur, Agra (SC), Hathras (SC) and Hardoi (SC) will hold elections in the sixth phase of nine-phased Lok Sabha elections.

Of the 168 candidates contesting the April 24 Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh, as many as 27 have criminal records as 58 are 'crorepatis'.

While all 12 candidates of BSP are 'crorepatis', 11 of BJP, four of Congress, five of AAP and four Independents are also among 'crorepatis'.

According to a data revealed by the Uttar Pradesh Press Club, out of 12 constituencies, Mayawati- led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has given tickets to 12 millionaires.

Five candidates with criminal background are in the poll fray and three belong to BSP.

Even Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has given tickets to two nominees who are facing murder and attempt to murder cases.

27% of the total candidates are facing serious criminal charges like murder, attempt to murder and kidnapping cases.

In the third phase, BSP is leading in fielding candidates with criminal cases. The report findings were revealed by the Election watch founder, Jagdish Choker.

While SP's Rameshwar Singh Yadav contesting from Farukhabad had murder case pending against him, BSP candidate from Mathura Yogesh Kumar also have murder case on him.

In Phase 1 and Phase 2 of polling in UP, BSP had fielded eight (38%) and six (29%) candidates with criminal records.

The ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) had fielded 11 such candidates in earlier phases and in phase 3, only two candidates are facing criminal charges.

In Congress, ten candidates with criminal records were pitted in phase 1 and phase 2 while two such candidates are contesting in upcoming phase 3 polls.

In BJP, nine candidates with criminal backgrounds were fielded in earlier two phases and in phase 3, six such candidates are in the fray.

In phase 3, AAP has given tickets to ten candidates out of which two are facing criminal charges. In phase 1 and phase 2, it had fielded ten such candidates.

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