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Bihar Elections : 33% Candidates Face Criminal Cases

Around 33% of the candidates for the second phase of the Bihar elections have proclaimed their criminal cases, with the BJP, JD-U and RJD leading with most number of such applicants, the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said on Friday.

There are 456 candidates in the second phase of the Bihar elections. Voting for 32 seats in the second phase will be held on October 16.

Twenty-four percent applicants have announced genuine criminal cases including cases identified with homicide, endeavor to kill, communal disharmony, kidnapping and unlawful acts against ladies, the ADR said in a release.

While 11 contenders have proclaimed cases identified with homicide, 36 face endeavor to murder cases.

The statement said that 106 (23 percent) of 456 candidates are “crorepatis (moguls)” with the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) having them in the biggest proportion.

An average asset of the contenders in the second phase of Bihar elections is expected to be Rs.1.18 crores.

The ADR and Bihar elections Watch analysed the self-sworn affidavits of each of the 456 applicants in the second phase, the statement included.

“Out of all the 456 candidates, 142 (31 percent) applicants have announced criminal cases against themselves. 110 (24 percent) candidates have pronounced extreme criminal cases,” the statement said.

It said Ramendra Ram of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has proclaimed two charges identified with homicide while rest of the applicants face one charge each.

The statement said two contenders of Garib Janata (Secular) and one each of Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation (CPI-ML (L)), Rashtriya Lok Samata Party, RJD and five Independent applicants have pronounced a case identified with homicide in their affidavits.

Giving points of interest of 36 candidates who have pronounced instances of endeavor to kill, the release said CPI (ML)(L) candidate Munna Ram contesting from Mohania confronts four charges, Ramendra Ram of the Bahujan Samaj Party from Chenari (SC) constituency and Prabhat Kumar Ranjan of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) from Ghosi constituency have proclaimed three charges.

The CPI (ML)(L) has fielded four contenders with charges related with endeavor to murder and BSP has fielded three. Twelve independent applicants have each pronounced charges related with attempt to murder.

The release said six applicants have declared cases related with crime against women, two about communal disharmony and four related with theft and dacoity.

The release said five applicants have proclaimed cases related with kidnapping and three contenders offense related with kidnapping for payoff.

“Eleven (69 percent) out of 16 applicants from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), nine (69 percent) out of 13 competitors fielded by Janata Dal-United, nine (69 percent) out of 13 candidates of Rashtriya Janata Dal have pronounced criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits,” the statement said.

Refering to applicants with serious criminal cases, the statement said that six (38 percent) out of 16 candidates from BJP, five (38 percent) out of 13 candidates fielded by JD-U, nine (69 percent) out of 13 candidates of RJD and 31 (21 percent) out of 146 Independent candidates were among the individuals who have pronounced serious criminal cases.

It said 23 constituencies in the second phase of Bihar elections have three or more candidates with declared criminal cases.

“Aurangabad constituency with nine applicants has the most astounding number of candidates who have self-pronounced criminal cases,” it said.

The statement said nine of 16 (56 percent) fielded by BJP, 10 (77 percent) out of 13 candidates from JD(U), 8 out of 13 (62 percent) candidates from the RJD, eight out of 19 applicants (42 percent) fielded by SP, three out of 6 applicants (50 percent) of Congress and four out of 13 (31 percent) candidates of the CPI were among those having pronounced assets worth more than Rs.1 crore.

Average assets, it said, per candidates for 16 BJP candidates was Rs. 4.19 crores, 32 BSP candidates have average assets of Rs 2.78 crores, 13 JD-U applicants have average assets worth of Rs 1.65 crores, six Congress candidates have average assets worth Rs 1.44 crores and 13 RJD candidates have average assets worth of Rs 1.89 crores.

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