One-Third Crorepatis, 23% Candidates With Criminal Cases In Phase IV Polls
Of the 928 (out of 943) candidates analysed by ADR, more than half have studied only till class XII or even less.
The fourth phase of the Lok Sabha elections will be held on April 29th in 71 constituencies from eight states—Bihar (5), Jharkhand (3), Madhya Pradesh (6), Maharashtra (17), Odisha (6), Rajasthan (13), Uttar Pradesh (13), and West Bengal (8).
The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), an election watchdog which analysed 928 of the total 943 candidates, found out that 210 (23%) of them have declared criminal cases against them.
Also, a total of 158 (17%) candidates have declared serious criminal cases against themselves—offences that are related to murder, crime against women, kidnapping and rape for which the maximum punishment is of 5 years or more.
Among the major parties, 25 (44%) out of 57 candidates from BJP, 18 (32%) out of 57 candidates from Congress, 11(20%) out of 54 candidates from BSP, 12 (57%) out of 21 candidates analysed from SHS, and 60 (17%) out of 345 independent candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves.
Moreover, 37 out of 71 are red alert constituencies, meaning that in these constituencies, three or more candidates contesting the elections have declared criminal cases against themselves.
The self-sworn affidavits, analysed by the National Election Watch and ADR, found that 207 candidates are from national parties, 49 are from state parties, 338 are from registered unrecognised parties and 349 candidates are contesting independently.
A total of 306 candidates (33%) contesting in the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections are crorepatis, and have an average asset accumulation of Rs 4.53 crore.
101 candidates (11%) have assets worth Rs 5 crore and above and 96 of them (10%) between Rs 2 crore and Rs 5 crore.
Among the major parties, 50 (88%) out of 57 candidates from INC, 50 (88%) out of 57 candidates from BJP, 20 (37%) out of 54 candidates from BSP, 13 (62%) out of 21 candidates from SHS and 8 (80%) out of 10 candidates from SP have declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore.
Among major parties, the average assets per candidate for 57 BJP candidates is Rs 13.63 crore, 57 Congress candidates is Rs 29.03 crore, 54 BSP candidates have average assets of Rs 2.69 crore, and 21 SHS candidates have average assets of Rs 17.85 crore.
Other Important Details
A total of 404 (44%) candidates have declared their educational qualification to be between 5th and 12th, while 454 (49%) candidates have declared having an educational qualification of a graduate or above. 34 candidates have declared to be just literate and 9 candidates are illiterate.
Three out of ten candidates contesting in the phase IV polls are young (under 40 years of age), and half of the others between 41 and 60 years. There are 148 (16%) candidates who have declared their age to be between 61 to 80 years.
One of every ten candidates (96) in the phase IV elections is a woman.