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Telangana Chief Minister K ChandraShekar Rao, is among the five elected representatives in the country to have declared the highest number of criminal cases booked against him.

Delhi-based election watch bodies, Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch, analyzed the affidavits of elected legislative and parliament representatives and concluded that the Chief Minister, popularly known as KCR has 64 cases booked against him, of which 37 have serious IPC count.

While Kerala's MP Dean Kuriakose bagged gold with 204 cases booked against him. He is closely followed by DMK MP S.Kathiravan with 99 pending cases and Uttar Pradesh's Samajwadi Party MLA Mohammad Azam Khan has 87. Another Tamil Nadu MLA Prince J.G stands at fifth position with 73 cases.

In the run up to the Presidential Elections scheduled to take place on 18th of July 2022, these two watch bodies studied 4759 out 4809 affidavits of all sitting MPs & MLAs, who collectively form the Electoral College and are eligible to vote.

A close look into the assets of BJP led NDA's candidate Droupado Murmu- a graduate by education; revealed, she owns assets worth Rs 2 Cr. While joint opposition candidate Yashwanth Sinha is richer by a crore. Sinha holds a postgraduate degree.

If elected Murmu will be India's first tribal woman to be the President. However, it is permanent to note that, out of the total 4759 MPs/MLAs who are entitled to vote in the upcoming Presidential Election, only 477 (10%) are women. When converted into vote, only 130304 (13%) out of 1074364 are women votes.

The analysis of the affidavits throw light on various interesting aspects. For instance, out of 119 MLA elected to the Telangana Legislative Assembly, 90 % of them are crorepatis. While Andhra Pradesh is richer as the percentage sums up to 94 % of the 175 MLAs.

Mr Ballot Box

The Ballot Box which is going to be used in the16th Presidential Elections will reach Hyderabad on late Tuesday . It is being transported in a passenger flight with a distinct ticket and seat allotted for "Mr Ballot Box ". The box has been dispatched to 30 state capitals on Tuesday.

What are the cases pending against Telangana Chief Minister:

-13 charges related to Punishment for criminal intimidation(IPC section-506)

-4 charges related to Voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty(IPC section-332)

-3 charges related to Attempt to murder(IPC section-307)

-3 charges related to Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means(IPC section-324)

-3 charges related to Theft after preparation made for causing death, hurt or restraint in order to the committing of the theft(IPC section-382)

-3 charges related to Theft after preparation made for causing death, hurt or restraint in order to the committing of the theft(IPC section-382)

-3 charges related to Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony(IPC section-153A)

-2 charges related to Punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment(IPC section-511)

-2 charges related to Statements conducing to public mischief(IPC section-505)

-2 charges related to Mischief by destroying or moving, etc., a land- mark fixed by public authority Mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to cause damage to amount of one hundred or (in case of agricultural produce) ten rupees(IPC section- 435)

-1 charges related to Fraudulent cancellation, destruction, etc., of will, authority to adopt, or valuable security(IPC section-477)

-1 charges related to Imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration(IPC section-153B)

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