391 candidates facing criminal charges in Karnataka Elections: ADR report

New Delhi, May 7: Out of the 2560 candidates in the Karnataka elections fray, around 391 have self-declared criminal cases against them, said the Association for Democratic Reform (ADR) after analysing their affidavits filed with the Election Commission (EC). 

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is at the top spot in giving tickets to candidates with criminal background in the Assembly polls.

“Among major parties, 83 (37%) out of 224 candidates from BJP, 59 (27%) out of 220 candidates analysed from Indian Nataional Congress, 41 (21%) out of 199 candidates analysed from Janata Dal (Secular) [JD(S)], 5 (20%) out of 25 candidates analysed from Janata Dal (United) [JD (U)] , 5 (19%) out of 27 candidates analysed from Aam Aadmi Party [AAP] and 108 (10%) out of 1090 independent candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits,” stated the report.

The ADR analysis revealed that there are 254 (10%) candidates who have declared serious criminal cases registered against themselves, four candidates have declared case related to murder (Indian Penal Code Section-302) against themselves, and 25 candidates have declared cases related to attempt to murder (Indian Penal Code Section-307) against themselves.

Of the total, 23 candidates have declared cases related to crime against women.

The ADR has also declared 56(26%) Karnataka seats as “Red Alert Constituencies” which have three or more candidates with declared criminal cases.

Out of the 2560 candidates, 883 are crorepatis with the most belonging to BJP. As the saffron party has 208(93%) out of 224 candidates, while  207 (94%) out of 220 candidates analysed from Indian National Congress.

While, 154(77%) out of 199 candidates analysed from JD(S), 13(52%) out of 25 candidates analysed from JD(U), 9(33%) out of 27 candidates analysed from AAP and 199 (18%) out of 1090 independent candidates have declared assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore.

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