New Delhi: On a day Narendra Modi vowed to cleanse the political system and Parliament of criminal elements if voted to power, an NGO has found that BJP has more candidates with criminal and “serious” criminal cases than Congress in the six phases of Lok Sabha elections.
As many as 36 (13 per cent) out of 287 candidates fielded by Congress, 48 (17 per cent) out of 279 candidates from BJP, 29 (10 per cent) out of 291 fielded by AAP and 39 (12 per cent) out of 318 BSP candidates have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits, data released by Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) showed.
The consolidated data, released today, is based on the analysis of affidavits of 5,380 candidates in the first six phases of the ongoing Lok Sabha polls. Polling for the sixth phase, covering 117 constituencies across the country, is scheduled to be held on Thursday.
Of the total contestants, 879 candidates (16 per cent) have declared criminal cases against themselves. 533 (10 per cent) candidates have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to murder, rape and robbery.
These includes 75 (26 per cent) out of 287 candidates fielded by Congress, 88 (32 per cent) out of 279 candidates from BJP, 44 (15 per cent) out of 291 fielded by AAP and 65 (20 per cent) out of 318 BSP candidates, it said.
Out of the 5,380 candidates analysed, 1,425 (27 per cent) are ‘crorepatis’. About 239 (83 per cent) out of 287 candidates in Congress, 207 (74 per cent) out of 279 candidates in BJP, 127 (44 per cent) out of 291 candidates in AAP and 96 (30 per cent) out of 318 candidates in BSP have declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore, the data said.
“The average assets per candidate contesting from Phase 1 to 6 of Lok Sabha 2014 elections is Rs 4.64 crore,” the ADR said.