Patna: There are 139 candidates who have
criminal charges pending against them in the 35 assembly
constituencies going to poll in the fifth phase on November 9 in Bihar.
This was found after examining 441 affidavits of the
candidates, Kumar Anjesh, state coordinator of an NGO
`National Watch,` told reporters here.
Of 139 such aspirants, 75 were facing serious criminal
charges like murder and attempt to murder, he said.
Stating that all major parties have given tickets to
candidates with pending criminal cases, Anjesh said the RJD
topped the list with 65 per cent followed by JD(U) (59 per
cent), BJP (54 per cent), Congress (40 per cent), BSP (40 per
cent) and LJP (33 per cent).
3 to 4 women too figured in the list of the
candidates with criminal antecedents contesting the elections
in the fifth phase, he added.