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138 Candidates With Declared Criminal Cases, 109 Facing Serious Charges


Out of the 946 candidates within the fray for the 126-seat Assam Meeting, not less than 138 (15 p.c) candidates have declared prison instances in opposition to themselves, together with 109 (12%) dealing with critical prison prices, reviews from Assam Election Watch and Affiliation for Democratic Reforms (ADR) say. At the least 13 (10 per cent) constituencies are crimson alert constituencies in Assam, the place three or extra contesting candidates have declared prison instances in opposition to themselves.

PHASE ​I

Within the first section, scheduled for March 27, 47 constituencies are going for polls and 264 candidates are within the fray. The self-sworn affidavits of 259 candidates had been analysed as the small print of 5 candidates had been both badly scanned or full affidavits weren’t uploaded on the ECI web site, the ADR stated. “Out of 259 candidates analysed, 41 (16 percent) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves. Also, 34 (13 percent) have declared serious criminal cases against themselves,” the ADR stated in its report for section one.

In section one, Bokakhatm, Margherita and Behali are crimson alert constituencies. At the least 5 candidates have declared instances associated to crime in opposition to girls. Out of those 5, one candidate has declared instances associated to rape (IPC Part-376). “Two candidates have declared cases related to murder (IPC Section-302) against themselves,” the ADR stated.

PHASE II

Beneath the second section, 39 constituencies are going for polls on April 1. The ADR analysed the affidavits of all of the 345 candidates. It says 37 (11 p.c) candidates have declared prison instances in opposition to themselves and 30 (9 p.c) have declared critical prison prices.

In section two, Sonai and Kalaigaon are crimson alert constituencies. Three candidates have declared instances associated to crime in opposition to girls, together with one with instances associated to rape (IPC Part-376). At the least three candidates have declared instances associated to homicide (IPC Part-302), whereas two candidates have declared instances associated to aim to homicide (IPC Part-307).

PHASE III

At the least 60 candidates within the third section of Assam Meeting polls have declared prison instances in opposition to themselves with 45 of those dealing with critical prison prices. A complete of 40 constituencies are going for polls on April 6 within the third section of Assam polls. The Assam Election Watch and ADR have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of all 337 candidates. “Out of 337 candidates analysed, 60 (18 percent) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves,” the ADR stated in its report.

Additional, of those 60, 45 (13 p.c) candidates have declared critical prison instances in opposition to themselves. Eight (20 p.c) of the 40 constituencies are crimson alert constituencies. Six candidates have declared instances associated to crime in opposition to girls. Three candidates have declared instances associated to homicide (IPC Part-302) in opposition to themselves and 5 candidates have declared instances associated to aim to homicide (IPC Part-307) in opposition to themselves, the ADR stated.

Outcomes for the three phases of the meeting polls shall be introduced on Could 2.

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In 2016, elections for the 126-member Assam Meeting had been held in two phases and out of the 1,062 candidates analysed, 72 (7 p.c) candidates had declared prison instances in opposition to themselves. “At least 57 (5 percent) candidates have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, crimes against women etc,” a earlier ADR report stated.

Out of the elected members, the ADR additionally analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 119 MLAs. It stated 15 MLAs had declared prison instances in opposition to themselves and 11 MLAs had declared critical prison instances. At the least three MLAs had declared instances associated to homicide.

By way of political events, seven out of 59 MLAs from BJP, 5 out of 20 MLAs from Congress and two out of 14 MLAs from AIUDF have declared prison instances in opposition to themselves of their affidavits. One Impartial MLA had additionally declared prison instances.

“Six out of 59 MLAs from BJP, three out of 20 MLAs from INC and two out of 14 MLAs from AIUDF have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits,” the ADR stated in its ‘Analysis of Criminal Background, Financial, Education, Gender and other details of Sitting MLAs’ report.

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