Jharkhand polls: About 70 candidates face criminal charges

About 70 candidates in the third and the fourth phases of Assembly Elections on December 8 and 12 respectively have criminal cases, including rape and murder, pending against them, a report says.

Ranchi: About 70 candidates in the third and
the fourth phases of Assembly Elections on December 8 and
12 respectively have criminal cases, including rape and
murder, pending against them, a report says.

According to an analysis made by an NGO, of the total 288
candidates, 69 have criminal cases pending against them.

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) has given tickets to a
maximum of 21 such candidates, while BJP and Congress have 10
nominees each.

The report was prepared by Jharkhand Election Watch, a
state-unit of National Election Watch and Association of
Democratic Reforms (NEW-ADR), an umbrella body of over 1,200
NGOs on the basis of analysis of affidavits submitted by
candidates.

There are 11 nominees with criminal cases contesting on
tickets of All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU), seven of
CPI(M)(L), six of Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Progressive) and
four from Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

According to the report which was made after analysis of
affidavits of 266 candidates, there are about 20 candidates
who have declared their assets worth over Rs 1 crore.

Congress nominee from Hazaribagh constituency, Surabh
Narain Singh has assets over Rs 9 crore.

Two other candidates -- JDU`s Sundar Hembram and
Jharkhand Mukti Morcha`s Sanjay Gupta -- who are contesting
from Ghatsila and Hazaribagh constituencies, have declared
Rs 6.72 crore and Rs 5.58 crore worth assets respectively.

About 158 candidates, most of whom have declared their
assets worth lakhs, have not given their PAN card details.

The association also made analysis of educational details
of the candidates. While one candidate has doctorate, 21
contestants are post graduates and 68 graduates.

The data said 58 each have qualified class X and class
XII, 30 are class VIII passed whereas one is just class V
pass.

The five-phase polls to the 81-member Assembly will end
on December 18.

"Our members strive hard to inform voters to make wise
choice during the polls. Our aim is to stop criminalisation
of politics and bring in transparency in the system," said
Anil Bairwal, National coordinator, NEW-ADR.

PTI