ADR report analyzes 909 of the total 918 candidates on the basis of disclosures made in their respective election affidavits
The marathon Lok Sabha election has reached its final phase where 59 constituencies across seven states and one Union Territory (UT) will vote on May 19.
In this phase, voting will take place in some seats of Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Chandigarh. Varanasi, from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking re-election, will also vote in Phase 7.
A total of 918 candidates are in the fray in this phase.
Before the voters turn up to the polling booths, here is a detailed look at the criminal cases, education, financial background and other details of candidates on the basis of a survey report issued by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).
The report analyzes 909 of the total 918 candidates on the basis of disclosures made in their respective election affidavit. Of all the 909 candidates analysed, 159 are from national parties, 68 are from state parties, 369 are from registered unrecognized parties and 313 candidates are contesting independently.
The report does not analyse nine candidates as their affidavits were either badly scanned or their complete affidavit was not uploaded on the website of the Election Commission of India.
Of all candidates analyzed, 170 have declared criminal cases against themselves. This makes 19 percent of all contenders in the seventh phase.
Going party-wise, 18 (42%) out of 43 candidates from BJP, 14 (31%) out of 45 candidates from Congress, six (15%) out of 39 candidates from BSP, three (21%) out of 14 candidates analysed from AAP and 29 (9%) out of 313 independent candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.
A total of 10 candidates have declared cases related to hate speech.
Red Alert Constituencies: Of the 59 constituencies, 33 are red alert constituencies, which means these seats have three or more candidates with criminal cases against them.
Of the 909 candidates, 278 are crorepatis. It means 31 percent contenders have declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore.
Going party-wise, 40 (89%) out of 45 candidates from Congress, 36 (84%) out of 43 candidates from BJP, 11 (28%) out of 39 candidates from BSP, nine (64%) out of 14 candidates from AAP and 59 (19%) out of 313 independent candidates have declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore.
PM Narendra Modi ranks 159 with assets worth Rs 2.51 crore. It includes movable assets worth Rs 1.41 crore and immovable assets worth Rs 1.10 crore.
A total of 401 (44%) candidates have declared their educational qualification to be between 5th and 12th, while 437 (48%) candidates have declared having an educational qualification of graduate or above. Around 29 candidates have declared to be just literate and 24 candidates are illiterate.