In a very shocking report of National Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) total 321 out of 2,071 candidates in current Lok Sabha polls have criminal records. Among them 11 candidates are facing murder and 40 are facing attempt to murder charges. More shocking, there are 350 criminal cases have been registered against two Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidates.
The two survey groups-National Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR)- have obtained these reports from Election Commission. The candidates have filed an affidavit to the Election Commission accepting that they are facing criminal charges against them.
According to report 30 out of 94 candidates from Congress, 20 out of 77 candidates from BJP, 13 out of 91 candidates from AAP, 27 out of 111 candidates fielded by BSP and 76 out of 972 independent candidates have declared that they are facing criminal charges.
More Shocking: The Raver constituency in Maharashtra has the highest number of contesting candidates — 10 with criminal cases against them. 55 constituencies have at least three candidates with declared criminal cases.
Out of these, two Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidates have declared more than 350 criminal cases registered against them. “Out of the 2071 candidates analysed, 321 (15 per cent) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves. Out of that 204 candidates have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to murder, attempt to murder, robbery and others. Udayakumar S P of AAP from Kanniyakumari constituency, Tamil Nadu has declared 382 criminal cases against himself followed by M Pushparayan of AAP from Thoothukkudi constituency with 380 criminal cases. Mu Anbhalagan of DMK from Tiruchirappalli constituency has 10 criminal cases against him.
Pankaj Kumar Singh an CPI (ML)(L) candidate from Purnia constituency, Bihar has declared a case related buying minor for purposes of prostitution.