The Times of India:

Ten percent of the total candidates contesting in 12 Lok Sabha seats in the first phase of polling on April 19 have criminal charges against them, a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said on Tuesday. ADR evaluates affidavits of contesting candidates.

The body has accessed the details of 113 candidates out of the total of 114 candidates contesting Lok Sabha polls in the state.

The affidavit of one candidate was unclear on the official website of the Election Commission of India (ECI).

The report stated that three candidates fielded by Congress out of 10 have disclosed criminal cases, while the BJP has fielded 12 candidates, of whom one has recorded a criminal case.

In total, 10% of the total candidates have disclosed criminal cases against them. BSP candidates are the richest among the lot, with an average asset value of Rs 14.14 crore.

The next is Congress, whose 10 candidates have average assets worth Rs 7.14 crore, and the BJP stood third with Rs 1.54 crore.

Of the top three richest candidates, BJP’s Nagaur candidate, Jyoti Mirdha is the richest with assets worth Rs 102 crore followed by BJP's Jaipur Rural candidate Rao Rajendra Singh with assets worth Rs 29 crore and Congress candidate from Jhunjhunu Brijendra Singh Ola with assets worth Rs 16 crore.

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