Karnataka polls: BJP fields most criminals, Congress the richest candidates

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing at an election campaign rally in Mangaluru, Karnataka
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is at the first spot and the Congress is at the second position in giving tickets to candidates with criminal background in the Karnataka Assembly Election 2018, says a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).

The top three candidates with highest assets among all the candidates in fray belong to the ruling Congress -- Priyakrishna, from Govindarajanagar constituency with Rs 10.20 billion worth total assets, N Nagaraju from Hosakote Assembly seat with assets valued at Rs 10.15 billion and the state Energy Minister D K Shivakumar from Kanakapura segment with Rs 8.4 billion assets.

 
The ADR released the report after analysing the affidavits filed by 2,560 candidates, which said that 391 candidates declared criminal cases against themselves.

Of the total candidates, the watchdog could not analyse details of 95 candidates belonging to national, regional, local and fringe parties, as their affidavits were badly scanned or were incomplete on the websites of the poll panel and the Chief Electoral Officer of the southern state.

 
"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," said the report.

 
"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," said the report, adding that "23 candidates have declared cases related to crime against women".

 
Red Alert Constituency:

 
The report says that Red Alert constituencies are the constituencies which have three or more candidates with declared criminal cases.

 
There are 56 (25%) red alert constituencies in the Karnataka Assembly Elections, 2018, said the report.

 
Millionaire Candidates:

 
The ADR report says that around 35 per cent of the analysed candidates are millionaires.

 
Out of the 2560 candidates analysed, 883 are millionaires.

 
Among major parties, 208(93%) out of 224 candidates from BJP, 207 (94%) out of 220 candidates analysed from Indian National Congress, 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 10 million.

 
The average of assets per candidate contesting in the Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 is Rs 75.4 million.

 
Among the major parties, the average assets per candidate for 224 BJP candidates is Rs 178.6 million, 220 Indian National Congress candidates have average assets of Rs 387.5 million, 199 JD(S) candidates analysed have average assets worth Rs 209.1 million, and 1090 Independent candidates have average assets of Rs 15.8 million.

Polling will be held in a single phase on May 12 for the 223 constituencies, including 36 reserved for the Scheduled Castes and 15 for Scheduled Tribes.

The votes will be counted on May 15.



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