Source: 
IBN Live
http://ibnlive.in.com/news/ls-polls-13rd-candidates-declared-till-march-2-have-criminal-records/456963-37-64.html
Date: 
10.03.2014
City: 
New Delhi

New Delhi: According to an official press release by the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR), one-third of the candidates announced by all political parties till March 2 have a criminal record. A total of 203 candidates were announced by various political parties as on March 2, 2014.

Out of these, 70 candidates had contested Assembly or Lok Sabha/Rajya Sabha elections in the past. The ADR and National Election Watch checked the records of these 70 candidates through the affidavits submitted by them during previous elections. The latest information regarding assets as well as criminal charges, if any, would be available once the candidates file their affidavits for 2014 Lok Sabha Elections.

Criminal Records:

LS polls: 1/3rd candidates declared till March 2 have criminal records

A total of 203 candidates were announced by various political parties as on March 2, 2014.

Candidates with criminal cases: Out of 70 candidates analysed, 34 candidates (49 per cent) had declared a total of 224 criminal cases against themselves in their previous election affidavit. Shiv Sena has 12 out of 14 candidates (86 per cent) with criminal cases, BJP has 13 out of 32 (41 per cent) candidates with criminal cases, NCP has eight out of 13 (62 per cent) candidates with criminal cases and AIADMK has one out of six (17 per cent) candidates with criminal cases.

Candidates with Serious Criminal Cases: 20 candidates (29 per cent) out of 70 analysed had declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their previous election affidavits. 7 out of 14 (50%) candidates of Shiv Senahave declared serious criminal cases against themselves, 5 out of 13 (38%) candidates of NCP, 7 out of 32 (22%) candidates of BJP and 1 out of 6 (17%) candidates of AIADMK have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

Candidates with Cases of Murder and related: 4 candidates had declared cases of murder, attempt to murder and related in their previous election affidavits. Bhonsle Shrimant Chh. Udyanraje Pratapsinh (Sitting MP) of NCP from Satara Constituency had declared a charge of murder. Two candidates of Shiv Sena, Eknath Shinde (Sitting MLA, Maharashtra) from Kalyan Constituency and Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil (Sitting MP) from Shirur Constituency had declared a charge of Attempt to Murder. Dhananjay Mahadik of NCP from Kolhapur Constituency had declared a charge related to culpable homicide by causing death of person other than person whose death was intended.

Candidate with cases of Dacoity: Dr. Kirit Somaiya of BJP from Mumbai North East Constituency had declared a charge of dacoity against himself.

Candidates with cases of Kidnapping and related: 3 candidates had declared cases related to kidnapping in their previous election affidavits. Bhonsle Shrimant Chh. Udyanraje Pratapsinh (Sitting MP) of NCP from Satara Constituency and Gopinath Munde of BJP from Beed Constituency declared a case related to kidnapping. Chandrakant Khaire (Sitting MP) of Shiv Sena from Aurangabad Constituency declared a case related to wrongful confinement.

Candidates with cases related to electoral violations: Sanjay Jadhav (Sitting MLA) of Shiv Sena from Parbhani Constituency had declared 2 charges related to Illegal payments in connection with an election and 1 charge related to failure to keep election accounts in his previous election affidavit.

Financial:

Average Assets of Candidates: The average assets of 70 candidates analysed is Rs. 5.76 crores.

Party-wise average assets: The average assets of 13 NCP candidates is Rs. 17.10 crores followed by 5 candidates of SAD with average assets of Rs. 16.30 crores, 14 candidates of Shiv Sena with average assets of Rs 2.16 crores, 32 candidates of BJP with average assets of Rs. 1.81 crores and 6 candidates of AIADMK with average assets of Rs. 1.89 crores.

No. of crorepati candidates: Out of 70 candidates, 36 candidates (51 per cent) have declared total assets (Self assets + Others' Assets) of more than 1 crore.

Party-wise crorepati candidates: 4 out of 5 candidates (80 per cent) in SAD followed by 9 out of 13 (69 per cent) candidates in NCP, 9 out of 14 (64 per cent) candidates in Shiv Sena, 13 out of 32 (41 per cent) candidates in BJP and 1 out of 6 (17 per cent) candidates in AIADMK have declared total assets worth more than 1 crore.

High Asset Candidates: Praful Patel (Sitting MP) of NCP from Bhandara-Gondiya Constituency has declared the highest assets among the 70 candidates analysed, worth Rs. 125.46 crores followed by Harsimrat Kaur Badal (Sitting MP) of SAD from Bathinda Constituency with assets worth Rs. 60.31 crores and Supriya Sule (Sitting MP) of NCP from Baramati constituency with assets worth Rs. 50.45 crores.

Analysis of Criminal and Financial Background of Re-contesting MPs

Re-contesting MPs: Out of the 70 candidates analysed, 29 candidates are sitting Lok Sabha MPs.

Re-contesting MPs with Criminal Cases: Out of 29 re-contesting Lok Sabha MPs, 18 (62 per cent) had declared criminal cases against themselves in their previous election affidavit.

Re-contesting MPs with Serious Criminal Cases: Out of 29 re-contesting Lok Sabha MPs, 10 (34 per cent) had declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

Average Assets of Re-contesting MPs: The average assets of 29 re-contesting MPs is Rs. 10.99 crores.

No. of crorepati Re-contesting MPs: Out of 29 re-contesting MPs, 18 (62 per cent) had declared assets worth more than 1 crore in their previous election affidavits.

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