In the first phase of polls, 213 candidates facing criminal cases: Election watchdog

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The election watchdog, Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), has found that 213 candidates in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections are facing criminal cases.

After analysing the self-sworn affidavits of 1,266 candidates out of 1,279, ADR has found that there are 12% convicted criminals, 12% face serious criminal cases, 10 candidates have cases related to murder (IPC Section 302) against themselves.

The report says that 25 per cent have declared cases related to attempt to murder (IPC Section 307) against them, four have declared cases related to kidnapping, 16 have declared cases related to crime against women and 12 have declared cases related to hate speech against themselves.

Number of candidates with criminal cases:

Among the major political parties, out of 83 candidates, 30 from BJP, 35 from Congress,

8 out of 32 candidates are from BSP,

13 out of 25 candidates are from YSRCP,

4 out of 25 candidates are from TDP and

5 out of 17 candidates are from TRS.

Of the 91 constituencies of the first phase polls, there are 37 red alert constituencies, which mean three or more candidates contesting the polls have declared criminal cases against themselves. There are 401 (32%) candidates who have declared assets worth Rs 1 crore and more.

The average asset per candidate contesting the first phase election is Rs 6.63 crore.

Among major parties, the average assets per candidate for

83 Congress candidates is Rs 21.93 crore,

83 BJP candidates is Rs 14.56 crore,

32 BSP candidates have average assets of Rs 12.63 crore,

25 YSRCP candidates have average assets worth Rs 62.94 crore,

25 TDP candidates have average assets worth Rs 57.77 crores and

17 TRS candidates have average assets of Rs 45.87 crore.

Congress candidate from Telangana Konda Vishweshwar Reddy has declared highest assets worth Rs 895 crore while Prem Janta Dal candidate Nalla Prem Kumar from the same state has declared lowest assets of Rs 500.

The seven phase national election begins on April 11 and will end on May 19. The counting of the votes will take place on May 23.

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