Increase in tainted faces in this Assam poll

There are more candidates facing criminal charges in the fray for this Assam assembly polls than the previous one in 2006.

Last Updated: Apr 06, 2011, 22:00 PM IST

Guwahati: There are more candidates facing
criminal charges in the fray for this Assam assembly polls
than the previous one in 2006.

While six percent of the candidates were facing
criminal charges in 2006, this time the figure has jumped to
eleven per cent for the two-phase poll ending on April 11.
Among the candidates in the second phase, three per
cent are facing serious criminal charges like murder,
kidnapping and extortion, a survey of the affidavit details
submitted by the hopefuls revealed.

Among the political parties, the All India United
Minority Democratic Front (AIUDF) has fielded the highest 27
percent tainted candidates in the second phase of poll while
13 percent, nine percent and five percent candidates of
opposition AGP, ruling Congress and the BJP respectively have
criminal charges against them.
About 33 candidates of the 331 in the first phase have
criminal charges against them.

AICC leader and election-in-charge for Assam,
Digvijay Singh had said that criminal charges can never be the
reason for denying tickets unless he or she was convicted.

PTI