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Following a detailed analysis of affidavits filed by 265 candidates contesting for Lok Sabha from Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh, Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Andhra Pradesh Election Watch have found that 49 candidates (18 per cent) have declared criminal cases against themselves.

It found that 33 candidates (12 per cent) have declared serious criminal cases relating to attempt to murder, cases against women and kidnapping.

The criteria laid for serious criminal cases were offence for which maximum punishment is of five years or more.

Releasing the findings today, the analysis found that 6 candidates (38 per cent) out of 16 candidates fielded by Indian National Congress, 7 (41 per cent) out of 17 candidates from Telangana Rastra Samithi, 3 (33 per cent) out of 9 candidates from Telugu Desam Party, 2 (23 per cent) of 13 candidates from YSR Congress and 4 (50 per cent) out of 8 candidates from BJP have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

INC, TRS, TDP and YSRCP all have candidates with serious criminal cases. Eleven out of Seventeen constituencies have atleast three candidates with declared cases. Secunderabad and Peddapalli constituencies have five candidates each with declared criminal cases. Therefore, these have been termed red alert constituencies.


Of the 265 candidates, 74 (28 per cent) are crorepathis. Nine candidates have declared assets more than Rs 50 crore. These include Konda Vishweshwar Reddy from Chevella of TRS ( Rs 528 crore), Nama Nageshwara Rao of Khammam from TDP (Rs 338 crore) and Gaddam Vivekanad from Peddaplli of INC (Rs 266 crore).

Seven candidates have declared their total assets as zero. About 135 candidates (51 per cent) candidates out of 265 analysed have not declared income tax details.

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