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BJP's K Surendran, fielded against Rahul Gandhi, tops list of criminal cases in second phase | Full list

Of these 1,192 candidates, 21 per cent or 250 candidates are named in criminal cases, with 14 per cent or 167 candidates facing serious criminal charges, according to the analysis.

Edited By: Raju Kumar @rajudelhi123 New Delhi Updated on: April 17, 2024 11:57 IST
Wayanad BJP candidate K Surendran
Image Source : X Wayanad BJP candidate K Surendran

The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and the National Election Watch issued fresh report on data of Lok Sabha elections phase-2 candidates who have criminal cases against them. A total of 250 candidates in the fray for the second phase of the Lok Sabha election have criminal cases against them, with three facing murder charges. 21 per cent candidates have criminal cases in the second phase of polling, the report said.

The report quoted an analysis of self-sworn affidavits of the contestants by the Association for Democratic Reforms and the National Election Watch.

The analysis was carried out on 1,192 of the 1,198 candidates contesting in the second phase of the election.

Party Constituency Name Cases Serious IPC case
BJP Wayanad   K Surendran 243  139
BJP Ernakulam  Dr KS Radhakrishnan 211  5
Congress Idukki  Adv. Dean Kuriakose 88 23

Three candidates have murder cases

Three candidates have murder cases lodged against them, while 24 are implicated in attempt to murder cases, it showed.

One candidate faces rape charge

Twenty-five candidates have declared cases related to crimes against women and one of them faces rape charges under section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Congress leader Ramchandra Choudhary, who is contesting from Rajasthan's Ajmer is facing a rape  charge under IPC Sections - 376. An FIR with case no - 488/2019 was filed with police station Ramganj Ajmer in 2019.

India Tv - A report by the ADR and the National Election Watch

Image Source : INDIA TVA report by the ADR and the National Election Watch

Twenty-one candidates are linked to cases of hate speech, the analysis showed.

It also showed that 52 per cent of the 87 seats scheduled to go to polls in the second of the seven-phase elections are 'red alert' constituencies.

'Red alert' constituencies are those where three or more candidates have declared criminal cases in their affidavits.

The analysis showed that among major parties, there are criminal cases against 31 out of the 69 candidates from the BJP, 35 out of the 68 candidates from the Congress, all five candidates from the CPI, all four candidates from the SP, two out of three candidates from the Shiv Sena, two out of four candidates from the Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) and two out of five candidates from the JD(U).

In tandem with the revelations on criminal backgrounds, the ADR said the analysis also highlights wealth disparities among candidates.

(With PTI inputs)

Also read: NDA-led BJP not going to cross 150-seat mark: Rahul Gandhi with Akhilesh Yadav by his side

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