Bhubaneswar: The BJP has fielded the highest number of tainted candidates in the first phase of the Lok Sabha polls in Odisha April 10, while three of AAP's candidates have criminal cases against them, an election watchdog here said Thursday.
As many as 98 candidates are in the fray for the 10 Lok Sabha seats. The Bharatiya Janat Party has fielded candidates in all 10 seats, and four of them have a criminal background, state coordinator of Election Watch told IANS.
Three of the eight candidates fielded by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have criminal cases. Similarly, two of the 10 candidates fielded by the ruling Biju Janata Dal and one of the 10 fielded by the Congress have a criminal background, he said.
Election Watch based its information after scrutinising the affidavits filed by candidates with the Election Commission.
Overall, a total 19 candidates in the phase one have criminal background out of which 13 have declared serious criminal case like murder, attempt to murder, dacoity and criminal intimidation pending against them, he said.