Punjab Newsline Network
Naresh Kumar Sharma
Out of the 337 candidates analyzed for the 2nd phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections, 118 candidates or 35 % declared criminal cases against them. In 2007 assembly elections for the whole of Uttar Pradesh, 28% candidates had declared criminal cases against themselves.
As per details provided by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Uttar Pradesh Election Watch among these 118 candidates of 2nd Phase who have declared criminal cases against themselves, Mokhtar Ansari (Quami Ekta Dal, contesting from Mau and Ghosi constituency) has declared maximum number of criminal cases.
He has declared 15 criminal cases including 9 serious IPCs. He is followed by Upendra (SP, Phephana constituency) and Javed Iqbal (BSP, Kushi Nagar constituency), who has declared 11 and 5 criminal cases respectively. Amongst major parties, every party has given tickets to candidates who have declared criminal cases. SP has 30 out of 59 (51 %), BSP has 23 out of 59 (39 %), BJP has 20 out of 55 (36 %), INC has 19 out of 59 (32 %), Peace Party has 8 out of 35 (23 %), JD(U) had 12 out of 50 (24 %), candidates with declared criminal cases. Out of these 118 candidates with declared criminal cases, 55 (16 %) have declared serious criminal cases like murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, robbery, extortion etc. BJP has 9 , BSP has 10 , SP has 12 , Peace Party has 3 , INC has 10 , JD(U) has 7, Quami Ekta Dal has 2 and Apna Dal has 1 such candidates.
A total of 138 candidates out of 337 analyzed for the 2nd Phase i.e. 41% are crorepatis. In 2007, there were 22% crorepati candidates. The candidates with maximum assets in 2nd Phase is Shah Alam of BSP from Mubarakpur constituency with assets worth 54.44 Crores followed by Subhash of SP from Saidpur with 35.32 Crores and Narendra Mani Tripathi of INC from Gorakhpur Urban constituency with assets worth 27.88 crores. 6 Candidates have declared assets less than 1 lakh. A total of 10 candidates out of 337 analyzed declared liabilities of 70 Lakhs and above.
Among major parties, the average asset per candidate for SP is 2.13 Crores, For BSP is 3.38 Crores, for BJP is 1.24 Crores, For INC is 1.68 Crores, For Peace Party is 2.03 Crores, For JD (U) is 61.02 Lakhs, Quami Ekta Dal is 1.36 Crores and Apna Dal is 13.68 Lakhs.
212 out of 337 candidates analyzed i.e. 63% are graduates or with higher educational qualifications. Out of 1098 candidates contesting for 2nd phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2012, only 76(7%) candidates are women; the number of women candidates for BSP is 2(3%) out of 59, for BJP it is 6(11%) out of 55, INC it is 8(14%) out of 59 and SP it is 5(8%) out of 59.
Sarvesh Kumar Singh of BSP from Azamgarh has the highest increase in asset worth Rs.8.81 Crores, followed by Pramod of BSP from Deoria with an asset increase of Rs. 4.51 Crores and Rajkumar of BSP from Ghazipur constituency with an asset increase of Rs. 4.38 Crores.
The highest percentage increase (1934%) has been for Umesh Pandey of BSP from Madhuban constituency. His assets rose from 5.58 lakhs in 2007 to 1.13 crores in 2012. He is followed by Madho Prasad of INC from Chauri-chaura constituency with a percentage increase of 1025% (6.90 lakhs in 2007 to 77.62 lakhs in 2012) and Sarvesh Kumar Singh of BSP from Azamgarh constituency with an increase of 887% (99.42 lakhs in 2007 to 9.81 crores in 2012).
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