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West Bengal Election 2021: 25% candidates in Phase 2 of WB polls have criminal records, 15% crorepati

There are 36 candidates contesting the second phase of West Bengal Aassembly elections, who have declared serious criminal cases against themselves

March 28, 2021 / 08:51 AM IST
West Bengal Assembly Election Phase 2: Scheduled to be held on April 1, a total of 30 constituencies will go for voting in this phase, including Nandigram that is set for the Battle Royale as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is contesting against her former protege and now a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Suvendu Adhikari. (Representative image)

West Bengal Assembly Election Phase 2: Scheduled to be held on April 1, a total of 30 constituencies will go for voting in this phase, including Nandigram that is set for the Battle Royale as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is contesting against her former protege and now a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Suvendu Adhikari. (Representative image)

The first phase of voting in West Bengal Assembly Elections held successfully with 79.79 percent turnout recorded till 5 pm, according to the Election Commission (EC). Voting was held in 30 seats - several of them part of the once-Naxal-hit Jangalmahal region -- amid tight security and strict adherence to COVID-19 guidelines.

After the conclusion of phase 1 of polling, the state is now ready to vote in the second phase of polling. Scheduled to be held on April 1, a total of 30 constituencies will go for voting in this phase, including Nandigram that is set for the Battle Royale as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is contesting against her former protege and now a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Suvendu Adhikari.

As these constituencies are ready to cast votes, take a look at contesting candidates based on their criminal cases, financial assets, educational qualifications, and gender representation, published by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).

This analysis is based on the self-sworn affidavits of all 171 candidates.

Criminal cases

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Among the 171 candidates, 43 have declared criminal cases against themselves. This means 25 percent of candidates have been charged with criminal cases. Of these, 17 are from Bharatiya Janata Party, eight from Trinamool Congress, seven from Communist Party of India (Marxist), three from Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist), two each from Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party, and one from Communist Party of India.

Out of 48 candidates with criminal cases, 36 have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

As many as 11 candidates have declared cases related to crime against women.

Red Alert Constituencies: Among 30 constituencies going to vote in the second phase of West Bengal Assembly polls, six are Red alert constituencies. Red alert constituencies are those where three or more contesting candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves.

Crorepati candidates

There are 26 candidates who are crorepati, which means they have declared assets valued at more than Rs one crore. Of these, 11 are from TMC, 10 from BJP, two from Congress, and one each from All India Forward Bloc, Lok Samya Party, and Independent.

The list of crorepati candidates includes BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari, whose declared asset value is over one crore (1,05,52,749).

Education

A total of 101 candidates have an educational qualification equivalent to graduate or above. This amounts to 59 percent of the legislators.

As many as 63 candidates – 37 percent – have declared their qualification to be between 5th pass and 12th pass. There are two candidates who are diploma holders while four candidates are just literate and one candidate is Illiterate

Age

Among the 171 candidates in the fray, 46 have declared their age to be between 25 and 40 years while 92 have declared to be between 41 and 60 years. There are 33 candidates who have declared their age to be between 61 and 80 years.

Gender representation

Of the 171 candidates contesting in 30 constituencies of West Bengal, currently ruled by a woman chief minister, only 11 percent are female. This means, 152 candidates are men while only 19 are women.
Somya Lohia

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