A total of 17 percent (213 of 1,266) of the candidates contesting in phase one of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections have criminal cases against them, revealed a report by The National Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).

The report was submitted after analysing the self-sworn affidavits of 1,266 out of 1,279 candidates for Phase 1. The 13 candidates were left out of the study because they failed to submit properly scanned and complete affidavits.

Lok Sabha elections will kick off on 11 April and polling will be held over seven phases till 19 May, followed by counting on 23 May. Here’s the phase-wise election schedule for all states:

According to the ADR report, out of the 213 candidates with criminal cases, 10 have declared cases related to murder, 16 have declared cases related to crimes against women including rape and 12 candidates have said they have cases relating to hate speech against them.

While 16 out of 83 Bharatiya Janata Party candidates have serious criminal cases against them, the percentage is higher for the Congress, with 22 out of 83 candidates declaring serious criminal cases against themselves.

The report also reveals that 32 percent (401) candidates have declared assets worth Rs 1 crore and more. Among the major parties, the Congress is leading with 69 candidates who have declared assets more than Rs 1 crore, followed by the BJP, the BSP, the TDP, YSRCP and TRS.

The top three candidates with the highest assets are Congress' Konda Vishweshwar Reddy of Telangana, YSCRP's Prasad Veera Potluri of Andhra Pradesh and YSRCP's Kanumuru Raghu Rama Krishna Rama Raju.

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