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155 candidates contesting Lok Sabha polls face serious charges

April 03, 2014 20:16 IST

Phases 1 to 4 of the Lok Sabha elections will witness 278 candidates with charges. The data of 1,566 candidates which have been analysed by the Association for Democratic Reforms show that out of the 278 candidates with charges, 155 of them have serious charges against them.

23 (25 per cent) of 92 candidates fielded by Indian National Congress, 38 (39 pc) out of 97 candidates from Bharatiya Janata Party, 15 (16 pc) out of 92 fielded by Aam Aadmi Party and 16 (18 pc) out of 89 Bahujan Samaj Party candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

14 (15 pc) out of 92 candidates fielded by INC, 22 (23 pc) out of 97 candidates from BJP, 10 (11 pc) out of 92 fielded by AAP and 9 (10 pc) out of 89 BSP candidates have declared serious cases against themselves in their affidavits.​

Out of the 1,566 candidates analysed, 456 (29 pc) are crorepatis. 75 (82 pc) out of 92 candidates in INC, 62 (64 pc) out of 97 candidates in BJP, 40 (44 pc) out of 92 candidates in AAP and 34 (38 pc) out of 89 candidates in the BSP have declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore. 

The average assets per candidate contesting from Phase 1 to 4 of Lok Sabha 2014 election is Rs 3.26 crore.

Among the major parties, the average assets per candidate for 92 INC candidates is Rs 15.40 crore, 97 BJP candidates have average assets of Rs 5.51 crore, 92 AAP candidates have average assets worth of Rs 2.63 crore and 89 BSP candidates have average assets of Rs 8.27 crore.​

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