#General Elections 2019: 570 tainted, 392 Crorepati candidates in the 3rd phase

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New Delhi: A whopping 570 candidates out of a 1594, who are contesting in the phase-III of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, have declared criminal cases against them, according to the report released by the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) on Friday. Out of these 570, 340 have declared criminal cases and 230 candidates have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

ADR along with the National Election Watch have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 1594 out of 1612 candidates, who are contesting in the Lok Sabha Phase III. Out of all 1594 candidates analysed, 314 are from national parties, 76 are from state parties, 492 are from registered unrecognized parties and 712 candidates are contesting independently.

Among the major parties, 40(44%) out of 90 candidates from INC, 38(39%) out of 97 candidates from BJP, 16(17%) out of 92 candidates from BSP, 11(58%) out of 19 candidates analysed from CPI (M), 7(32%) out of 22 candidates from SHS, 5(50%) out of 10 candidates from SP, 6(60%) out of 10 candidates from NCP and 4(44%) out of 9 candidates from AITC have declared criminal cases against themselves.

Meanwhile, 26(27%) out of 97 candidates from BJP, 24(27%) out of 90 candidates from INC, 9(10%) out of 92 candidates from BSP, 6(27%) out of 22 candidates analysed from SHS, 6(32%) out of 19 candidates from CPI(M), 5(50%) out of 10 candidates from NCP, 4(40%) out of 10 candidates from SP and 4(44%) out of 9 candidates from AITC have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

The report also revealed that, there are 392(25%) candidates who have assets worth Rs. 1 crore and more. Among the major parties 81(84%) out of 97 candidates from BJP, 74(82%) out of 90 candidates from INC, 9(90%) out of 10 candidates from SP, 10(53%) candidates from CPI(M), 12(13%) candidates from BSP, 9(41%) candidates from SHS and 7(70%) out of 10 candidates from NCP have declared assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore.

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