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Karnataka Polls: One in Four BJP Candidates, 15% from Congress Face Serious Criminal Charges, Says Study

BJP’s 83 out of 224 candidates, or 37 percent, have declared criminal cases against themselves, followed by Congress whose 59 out of 220 candidates, or 27 percent candidates, have criminal cases against them, a report released by Association for Democratic Reforms has revealed.

Revathi Rajeevan | CNN-News18

Updated:May 7, 2018, 7:16 PM IST
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Karnataka Polls: One in Four BJP Candidates, 15% from Congress Face Serious Criminal Charges, Says Study
BJP supporters at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's public rally ahead of Karnataka assembly elections, in Bengaluru on Thursday. (PTI Photo)
Bengaluru: BJP, Congress and JDS – the three main parties contesting the upcoming assembly election in Karnataka - have all made big promises about battling crimes. However, when it comes to being entangled in criminal cases, their own candidates contesting this election are not far behind.

BJP’s 83 out of 224 candidates, or 37 percent, have declared criminal cases against themselves, followed by Congress whose 59 out of 220 candidates, or 27 percent candidates, have criminal cases against them, a report released by Association for Democratic Reforms, a NGO working in the area of electoral and political reforms, has revealed.

JD(S), considered to be the third wheel in the electoral race, is third here too. Twenty one percent of their candidates, or 41 out of 199, have criminal cases against them.

Besides the major parties, five out of 25 JDU candidates, 5 out of the 27 AAP candidates and 108 out of 1090 independent candidates have declared criminal cases in their affidavits.



When it comes to serious crimes, the BJP again tops the list. These serious crimes are offences for which punishment is of five years or more and are non-bailable. These can be related to assault, murder, kidnap, rape or other crimes against women, or electoral offences mentioned in Representation of People Act and related to prevention of corruption act.

BJP with 58 (26%) out of 224 candidates has the highest number of candidates with serious criminal cases against them. The Congress, with 32 out of220, and JD(S), with 29 out of 199, are tied here with both fielding 14.5% candidates with serious criminal cases against them.

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Three out of 25 candidates from JDU, one out of 27 AAP candidates and 70 out of 1,090 independent candidates have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

Overall, out of the 2560 candidates whose affidavits were analysed, 391 or 15 percent have declared criminal cases against themselves, 254 candidates have declared serious criminal cases, four have declared case related to murder, 25 have declared cases related to attempt to murder and 23 declared cases related to crime against women against them.

There are 56 (25%) red alert constituencies this election, states the report. Red alert constituencies are those which have 3 or more candidates with declared criminal cases.

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