Source: 
The Times of India
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2010-10-12/india/28248899_1_bihar-polls-first-phase-candidates
Date: 
12.10.2010
City: 
Bihar

PATNA: All major political parties have nominated candidates with pending criminal cases in the first phase of Bihar polls. Of them, BJP has 67% such candidates, while LJP has 63%, JD(U) has 46%, Congress has 43%, RJD has 39%, and BSP has 38% candidates with criminal cases against them.

A total of 299 candidates (67%) have not declared their PAN card details, according to a National Election Watch (NEW) survey report. NEW analysed 446 affidavits of candidates out of 622 candidates contesting in 47 seats in the first phase of the polls on October 21. These candidates represent 53 parties in 47 constituencies, a NEW survey said. Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW) have been working on electoral reforms.

There are 154 candidates out of 446 (35%) who have pending criminal cases against them as per their self-attested declaration. Out of these 97 (22%) candidates have serious cases, including murder, attempt to murder, kidnap, extortion, causing hurt with dangerous weapons and dacoity, against them. Three candidates (one from BJP and two independents) have declared that they have pending cases related to rape, the NEW survey said.

 

 

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