Indian Nation

There are 28 per cent criminal candidates in the seventh and final phase of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

According to an analysis report released by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), 170 out of 607 candidates in the final phase have declared criminal cases against them in their affidavits.

Of these, 131 candidates have serious criminal cases against them.

Samajwadi Party is again leading in the list of criminal candidates with 26 out of 45 candidates having criminal background.

BJP has 26 candidates out of 47 and BSP has 20 candidates out of 52.

Congress has fielded 20 criminal candidates out of 54 and AAP has 8 out of 47 candidates.

Eleven candidates have declared cases related to crime against women and two have cases related to rape (IPC Section-376).

Seven candidates have declared cases related to murder (IPC Section-302) against them and 25 candidates have declared cases related to attempt to murder.

Based on the number of criminal candidates in the last phase of elections, 35 out of 54 constituencies have been declared as red alert constituencies.

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