18% candidates contesting MP bypolls admit to criminal cases: Report

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As many as 18% candidates contesting MP bypolls on November 3, have criminal cases against them. Representational image.

As many as 18% candidates contesting MP bypolls on November 3, have criminal cases against them, an ADR report says.

According to the report of poll rights group Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), 18% candidates contesting MP bypolls (63 out of the 355) have declared criminal cases against themselves. Eleven percent or 39 candidates have declared serious criminal cases against themselves, the report said.

Serious criminal cases are non-bailable offences with over five years of imprisonment. Among the major parties, 14 (50 percent) out of 28 candidates were from the Congress. Similarly 12 (43 percent) out of 28 candidates were from the BJP, the poll rights group said.

Eight (29 percent) out of 28 candidates analysed from the BSP, four (29 per cent) out of 14 candidates from the SP and 16 (nine percent) out of 178 independent candidates have declared criminal cases against them in their affidavits, it said.

18% candidates contesting MP

Among the major parties, six (21 percent) out of 28 candidates analysed from the Congress, eight (29 percent) out of 28 candidates analysed from the BJP have declared serious criminal cases against them in their affidavits, the ADR said.

Three (11 percent) out of 28 candidates analysed from the BSP, four (29 percent) out of 14 candidates analysed from the SP and 13 (seven percent) out of 178 independent candidates have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits, it said.

One candidate had declared case related to murder (IPC Section-302) against him. However, seven candidates declared cases related to attempt to murder (IPC Section-307) against them, the ADR said.

Ten (36 percent) out of 28 constituencies are red alert constituencies. Red alert constituencies are those where three or more contesting candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves, the report said.

“The directions of the Supreme Court have had no effect on the political parties in selection of candidates. But they are only following their old practice of giving tickets to around 18 percent candidates with criminal cases. All major parties have given tickets to 25 percent to 50 percent candidates with criminal cases against themselves,” it said.

The Supreme Court in February had asked political parties to give reasons for selecting candidates with criminal background. And why other individuals without criminal antecedents could not be selected as candidates. Details of the financial background of candidates were given in the report. “Out of the 355 candidates, 80 or 23 percent are crorepatis.

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