Punjab polls: 100 candidates have criminal cases

Four candidates have declared cases related to murder against them

GN Bureau | January 30, 2017


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Out of the 1,145 candidates who are in the fray in Punjab assembly election, 100 candidates (9%) have declared criminal cases against them, showed an analysis carried out by Punjab Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).
 
As many as 77 candidates (7%) have declared serious criminal cases against them. Four candidates have declared cases related to murder (Indian Penal Code Section-302) against them. Eleven candidates have declared cases related to attempt to murder against them while five candidates have declared cases related to crimes against women.
 
 
 The analysis showed that 14 (12%) out of 117 candidates from Indian National Congress (INC), 12(11%) out of 112 candidates from Aam Aadmi Party ( AAP), 10(11%) out of 94 candidates from Shiromani Akali Dal(SAD) , 7(9%)  out of 77 candidates from  Apna Punjab Party, 5(9%) out of 54 candidates from Shiromani Akali Dal (A)(Simranjit Singh Mann),  2(9%) out of 23 candidates from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and 19(6%) out of 304 Independent candidates have declared criminal cases against them in their affidavits.
 
It added that 9 (8%) out of 117 candidates from Indian National Congress (INC), 9(8%) out of 112 candidates from Aam Aadmi Party ( AAP),  8(9%) out of 94 candidates from Shiromani Akali Dal(SAD) , 5(7%)  out of 77 candidates from  Apna Punjab Party, 5(9%) out of 54 candidates from Shiromani Akali Dal (A), 1(4%) out of 23 candidates from Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP),  and 18(6%) out of 304 Independent candidates have declared serious criminal cases including murder, attempt to murder, crime against women, kidnapping etc. against them in their affidavits.
The analysis revealed that there are a staggering 428 candidates who are crorepatis.
 
As many as 87 (93%) out of 94 candidates from SAD, 103 (88%) out of 117 candidates from INC,  20(87%) out of 23 candidates from BJP,71 (63%) out of 112 candidates from AAP, 24 (31%) out of 77 candidates from Apna Punjab Party, 12 (22%) out of 54 candidates fielded by SAD (A) and 69 (23%) out of 304 Independent candidates have declared assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore.
 
The average of assets per candidate contesting in the Punjab Assembly Elections 2017 is Rs 3.49 crore.
 
Among the major parties, the average assets per candidate for 117 INC candidates is Rs 12.38 crore, 23 BJP candidates have average assets of Rs 6.10 crore, 112 AAP candidates have average assets worth Rs 6.24 crore, 94 SAD candidates have average assets worth Rs 9.26 crore, 54 SAD (A) candidates have average assets worth Rs 1.09 crore, and 304 Independent candidates have average assets of Rs. 1.49 crore.
 
Read the complete report on Punjab assembly election 2017 here

 

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