Bihar polls: More than one-third candidates in second phase face criminal cases, says ADR report

According to the report, of the 502 facing criminal cases, 49 candidates have cases related to crime against women while 32 have declared cases related to murder

Press Trust of India October 27, 2020 17:08:46 IST
Bihar polls: More than one-third candidates in second phase face criminal cases, says ADR report

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New Delhi: About 34 percent of 1,463 candidates in the second phase of the Bihar Assembly election have declared criminal cases against themselves, according to a report by poll rights group Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).

About 27 percent or 389 candidates have declared serious criminal cases against themselves, it said. Serious criminal cases are non-bailable offences with over five years of imprisonment.

As many as 502 or 34 percent of the candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves.

A total of 495 or nearly 34 percent have given their financial assets worth crores of rupees while three candidates have declared zero assets, the report said.

According to the report, 36 (64 percent) out of 56 candidates analysed from the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) have declared criminal cases against themselves and 28 (50 percent) have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

About 29 (63 percent) out of 46 candidates analysed from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have declared criminal cases against themselves and 20 (44 percent) have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits, the report said.

The report said that about 28 (54 percent) out of 52 candidates analysed from the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) have declared criminal cases against themselves and 24 (46 percent) have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

About 14 (58 percent) out of 24 candidates analysed from the Congress, 16 (49 percent) out of 33 candidates analysed from the BSP and 20 (47 percent) out of 43 candidates analysed from the JD(U) have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

Fourteen (42 percent) out of 33 candidates analysed from the BSP, 10 (42 percent) out of 24 candidates analysed from the Congress and 15 (35 percent) out of 43 candidates analysed from the JD(U) have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits, the report said.

As many as 49 candidates have declared cases related to crime against women and out of 49 candidates, four have declared cases related to rape, it said.

The report said that 32 candidates have declared cases related to murder (IPC Section-302) against themselves and 143 candidates have declared cases related to attempt to murder (IPC Section-307) against themselves.

About 84 (89 percent) out of 94 seats are "red alert" constituencies. "Red alert" constituencies are those where three or more contesting candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves.

"The directions of the Supreme Court have had no effect on the political parties in the selection of candidates as they have again followed their old practice of giving tickets to around 34 percent candidates with criminal cases. All major parties contesting in Bihar phase II elections have given tickets to 47-64 percent candidates who have declared criminal cases against themselves," it said.

The Supreme Court in its directions in February had asked political parties to give reasons for selecting candidates with criminal backgrounds and why other individuals without criminal antecedents could not be picked.

The details of the financial background of the candidates were also given in the report.

"Out of the 1,463 candidates, 495 (34 percent) are crorepatis. Among the major parties 39 (85 percent) out of 46 candidates analysed from BJP, 20 (83 percent) out of 24 candidates analysed from Congress, 46 (82 percent) out of 56 candidates analysed from RJD, 35 (81 percent) out of 43 candidates analysed from JD(U), 38 (73 percent) out of 52 candidates analysed from LJP and 11 (33 percent) out of 33 candidates from BSP have declared assets worth more than Rs one crore," it said.

The average asset of candidates in the second phase election is Rs 1.72 crore, the report said.

"Among major parties, the average assets per candidate for 24 Congress candidates analysed is Rs 10.25 crore, 43 JD(U) candidates analysed is Rs 4.95 crore, 56 RJD candidates have average assets of Rs 4.82 crore, 52 LJP candidates have average assets of Rs 3.86 crore, 46 BJP candidates have average assets of Rs 3.44 crore and 33 BSP candidates have average assets worth Rs 1.30 crore. There are three candidates who have declared zero assets while 683 (47 percent) candidates have declared liabilities in their affidavits," it said.

The Bihar election will be held in three phases for a total of 243 seats — the first phase for 71 seats on 28 October, the second phase for 94 seats on 3 November, and the third phase for the remaining 78 will be on 7 November. The results will be announced on 10 November.

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