Guwahati: According to a report by an election watchdog it has been revealed that out of the 184 candidates who would be contesting the assembly elections on April 11 at Arunachal Pradesh, 29 candidates have criminal antecedents.

As per the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) report, nine of the 29 candidates belong to the Congress and BJP has seven candidates who have criminal charges against them who would be contesting all 60 seats in the state for the first time.

The report further stated that those with criminal cases account for 16 percent of the total candidates who filed their nominations this time as against six percent during the 2014 elections.

On the other hand, the National Peoples’ Party (NPP) has two candidates with criminal charges who have made its maiden entry into the state’s electoral scene.

The Janata Dal (JD)(S) has one of its candidates with a criminal charge who would be contesting the state polls for the first time.

Lastly, one independent candidate has also been declared a criminal case against him out of the total 11 in the fray.

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