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About 34% of 1,463 candidates in the second phase of the Bihar Assembly election have declared criminal circumstances towards themselves, in response to a report by ballot rights group Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).

About 27% or 389 candidates have declared critical criminal circumstances towards themselves, it mentioned. Serious criminal circumstances are non-bailable offences with over 5 years of imprisonment.

As many as 502 or 34% candidates have declared criminal circumstances towards themselves. A complete of 495 or practically 34% have given their monetary belongings value crores of rupees whereas three candidates have declared zero belongings, the report mentioned.

According to the report, 36 (64%) out of 56 candidates analysed from the RJD have declared criminal circumstances towards themselves and 28 (50%) have declared critical criminal circumstances towards themselves in their affidavits.

About 29 (63%) out of 46 candidates analysed from the BJP have declared criminal circumstances towards themselves and 20 (44%) have declared critical criminal circumstances towards themselves in their affidavits, the report mentioned.

The report mentioned that about 28 (54%) out of 52 candidates analysed from the LJP have declared criminal circumstances towards themselves and 24 (46%) have declared critical criminal circumstances towards themselves in their affidavits.

About 14 (58%) out of 24 candidates analysed from the Congress, 16 (49%) out of 33 candidates analysed from the BSP and 20 (47%) out of 43 candidates analysed from the JD(U) have declared criminal circumstances towards themselves in their affidavits.

Fourteen (42%) out of 33 candidates analysed from the BSP, 10 (42%) out of 24 candidates analysed from the Congress and 15 (35%) out of 43 candidates analysed from the JD(U) have declared critical criminal circumstances towards themselves in their affidavits, the report mentioned.

As many as 49 candidates have declared circumstances associated to crime towards girls and out of 49 candidates, 4 have declared circumstances associated to rape, it mentioned.

The report mentioned that 32 candidates have declared circumstances associated to homicide (IPC Section-302) towards themselves and 143 candidates have declared circumstances associated to aim to homicide (IPC Section-307) towards themselves. About 84 (89%) out of 94 seats are “red alert” constituencies.

“Red alert” constituencies are these the place three or extra contesting candidates have declared criminal circumstances towards themselves. “The directions of the Supreme Court have had no effect on the political parties in selection of candidates as they have again followed their old practice of giving tickets to around 34% candidates with criminal cases. All major parties contesting in Bihar phase II elections have given tickets to 47-64% candidates who have declared criminal cases against themselves,” it mentioned.

The Supreme Court in its instructions in February had requested political events to provide causes for choosing candidates with criminal background and why different people with out criminal antecedents couldn’t be picked. The particulars of the monetary background of the candidates was additionally given in the report.

“Out of the 1,463 candidates, 495 (34%) are crorepatis. Among the major parties 39 (85%) out of 46 candidates analysed from BJP, 20 (83%) out of 24 candidates analysed from Congress, 46 (82%) out of 56 candidates analysed from RJD, 35 (81%) out of 43 candidates analysed from JD(U), 38 (73%) out of 52 candidates analysed from LJP and 11 (33%) out of 33 candidates from BSP have declared assets worth more than ₹1 crore,” it mentioned.

“The average asset of candidates in the second phase election is ₹1.72 crore,” the report mentioned.

“Among major parties, the average assets per candidate for 24 Congress candidates analysed is ₹10.25 crore, 43 JD(U) candidates analysed is ₹4.95 crore, 56 RJD candidates have average assets of ₹4.82 crore, 52 LJP candidates have average assets of ₹3.86 crore, 46 BJP candidates have average assets of ₹3.44 crore and 33 BSP candidates have average assets worth ₹1.30 crore. There are three candidates who have declared zero assets while 683 (47%) candidates have declared liabilities in their affidavits,” it mentioned.

The Bihar election will held in three phases for a complete of 243 seats – the primary phase for 71 seats on October 28, the second phase for 94 seats on November 3 and the third phase for the remaining 78 can be on November 7. The outcomes can be introduced on November 10.

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