Source: 
Daily Bhaskar
http://daily.bhaskar.com/article/up-polls-round-5-sp-tops-list-of-criminal-candidates-2857417.html
Author: 
Ankur Tewari
Date: 
13.02.2012
City: 
Lucknow/New Delhi

Nearly 31% of major candidates in the fifth phase of Uttar Pradesh polls scheduled on February 23 have criminal background, a report from a thinktank said.

Of the 248 candidates analysed by National Election Watch, 76 candidates or 31 % have criminal cases against them.

Of these, 35 nominees have declared serious criminal cases like murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, robbery and extortion charges against them.

A total of 65 candidates have never filed income tax returns. Among major parties, all have given tickets to tainted candidates. SP has 24 out of 48 (50 %), INC has 14 out of 48 (29 %), BJP has 13 out of 47 (28 %), BSP has 12 out of 49 (24 %), JD(U) has 6 out of 24 (25 %), Bundelkhand Congress has 4 out of 13 (31 %), Peace Party has 2 out of 12 (17 %) and Apna Dal has 1 out of 6 (17 %) candidates with declared criminal cases.

SP's Ram Veer Singh, who is contesting from Jasrana constituency, has the maximum number of criminal cases. He has declared 18 criminal cases, including 8 charges related to murder. He is followed by party's Rameshwar Singh from Aliganj constituency, who has declared 27 criminal cases. Another SP candidate Hari Om from Sirsaganj constituency has 16 criminal cases.

Candidates having the highest number of serious criminal cases against them include: SP's Ram Veer Singh, who is contesting from Jasrana constituency, has declared maximum number of criminal cases. He has declared 18 criminal cases, including eight charges related to murder.

BSP's Manish Yadav Pataray, who is contesting from Jaswantnagar, has 15 cases against himself.

A total of 118 candidates are crorepatis. Candidates with maximum assets in fifth phase are Balvir Singh (IND) from Govindnagar constituency. He has assets worth Rs. 47.80 crore, followed by INC's Brijendra Kumar Vyas from Jhansi Nagar with Rs 24.09 crore assets. INC's Rajendra Kumar Yadav from Babina constituency has assets worth Rs. 22.88 crore.

Three candidates have declared assets less than 1 lakh, while Mahendra of Bundelkhand Congress from Babina has declared zero assets.

JD(U) has the maximum number of candidates, who have never filed I-T return. It has 13 (54%) out of 24 candidates, followed by SP 13 (27%) out of 48 candidates, INC has 10 (21%) out of 48 candidates, BJP has 10 (21%) out of 47 candidates, Bundelkhand Congress has 7 (54%) out of 13 candidates, BSP has 5 (10%) out of 49 candidates, Peace Party has 3 (23%) out of 13 candidates, Apna Dal has 3 (50%) out of 6 candidates who have not filed IT Returns.

Top three candidates with maximum assets but who have never filed IT returns are" SP's Ranjeet Suman contesting from Jalesar (SC) has the highest total assets of Rs 2.41 crore, followed by BJP's Ram Ratan from Latitpur with assets of Rs 1.49 crore and SP's Amit Gaurav from Marhara with Rs 1.36 crore assets.

Top three candidates with maximum assets but who have not declared their PAN card details are INC's Anil Kumar Sharma contesting from Arya Nagar constituency, who has the highest asset worth Rs 3.76 Crore, followed by SP's Kamlesh from Sikandra with assets worth Rs 1.14 crore and BSP's Mamtesh from Amanpur with Rs 1.12 crore assets.

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