Lok Sabha polls: The majority of BJP candidates in Phase 5 have criminal cases

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126 out of 668 candidates have criminal cases against them in the fifth polling phase scheduled for May 6. Of these, with criminal cases, BJP has most candidates. Of 48 BJP candidates, 22 (46 percent) have declared criminal cases against themselves.

The candidates declared a crime against women, assassination and kidnapping. There are twenty red alert constituencies contesting more than three criminal candidates.

According to the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) analysis, 95(14 %) of the analyzed 668 candidates declared serious criminal cases against themselves. Six candidates declared themselves to be convicted of cases.

Among these, three candidates declared assassination-related cases against themselves (Indian Penal Code Section -302). Twenty-one candidates have declared cases of attempted murder against themselves (IPC Section 307). Five candidates have declared cases of abduction (IPC Section-363), kidnapping or abduction for the purpose of killing themselves (IPC Section-364).

Nine candidates have declared cases of crime against women such as assault or criminal force against a woman who intends to outrage her modesty (IPC Section-354), a woman’s husband or relative who is subject to cruelty (IPC Section-498A) etc. Word, gesture or act intended to insult a woman’s modesty (IPC Section-509) and cause miscarriage against themselves without the consent of a woman (IPC Section-313). Two of these nine candidates have declared rape-related cases against themselves (IPC Section 376). Five candidates have declared against themselves cases of hate speech.

The BJP has 22 criminal candidates. Of the 45 candidates for Congress, fourteen (31 %), 9 (27 %) of the 33 candidates for the Bahujan Samaj Party, 7 (78 %) of the 9 candidates for the Samajwadi Party, and 26 (10 %) of the 252 independent candidates declared criminal cases against themselves.

Nineteen (40 %) of the 48 candidates from the BJP, 13 (29 %) of the 45 candidates from the Congress, 7 (21 %) of the 33 candidates from the BSP, 7 (78 %) of the 9 candidates from the Samajwadi Party and 18 (7 %) of the 252 independent candidates declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

The National Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) analyzed the self-sworn affidavits of 668 out of 674 candidates contesting Phase 5 election in the Lok Sabha. There are six candidates who were not analyzed at the time of making this report due to the lack of availability of their properly scanned and complete affidavits.

 

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