UP phase four: Same old story

103- is the number of candidates with a criminal record who will be fighting the fourth phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.
The report by the Association for Democratic Reforms states that ut of the 297 candidates analyzed for the 4th phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections, 103 candidates or 35 % declared criminal cases against them. In 2007 assembly elections for the whole of Uttar Pradesh, 27% candidates had declared criminal cases against themselves.
Amongst major parties, every party has given tickets to candidates who have declared criminal cases. SP has 29 out of 54 (54 %), INC has 25 out of 56 (45 %), BSP has 18 out of 56 (32 %), BJP has 11 out of 56 (20 %), Peace Party has 7 out of 22 (32 %), Apna Dal has 5 out of 17 (29 %), JD(U) has 5 out of 28 (18 %), QAUMI EKTA DAL has 1 out of 1 (100 %) and Bundelkhand Congress has 1 out of 6 (17 %) candidates with pending criminal cases.
Among candidates of major parties who have declared criminal cases against themselves in the 4th Phase, Ravidas Mehrotra of SP, contesting from Lucknow Central constituency has declared 17 criminal cases including 7 serious IPCs including charges of attempt to murder. Pushpendra Singh of BSP contesting from Rae Bareli constituency has declared 9 criminal cases and 4 serious IPC including attempt to murder. Ramesh Srivastava of INC from Lucknow East has declared 7 criminal cases against him including charge of attempt to murder. Dherendra Bahadur Singh of BJP from Sareni constituency has declared 8 criminal cases including charges of attempt to murder.
Out of these 103 candidates with declared criminal cases, 49 have declared serious criminal cases like murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, robbery, extortion etc. SP had 12, BSP had 10, INC had 10, BJP had 5, Peace Party had 5, JD(U) had 3, Apna Dal had 3 and one independent such candidates.
A total of 139 candidates out of 297 analyzed for the 4th Phase i.e. 47% are crorepatis. In 2007, there were 22% crorepati candidates.
The candidates with maximum assets in 4th Phase is Shyam Charan Gupta of SP from Manikpur constituency with assets worth 40.45 Crores followed by Shiv Prakash Mishra Senani of BSP from Kunda with 30.05 Crores and Sindhuja Mishra Senani of BSP from Vishwanath Ganj constituency with assets worth 30.05 crores.
3 Candidates have declared assets of less than 1 lakh.
A total of 23 candidates out of 297 analyzed declared liabilities 40 Lakhs or above.· Among major parties, the average asset per candidate for BJP was approximate 1.50 Crore , for BSP was 3.17 Crore , for INC was 2.31 Crore , for SP was 3.07 Crore , for JD(U) was 34 Lacs , for Peace Party was 1.50 Crore, for Apna Dal was 68.89 Lacs , for Bundelkhand Congress was 1.49 Crore and for Qaumi ekta Dalwas 13.05 Lacs.
201 out of 297 candidates analyzed i.e. 68% are graduates or with higher educational qualifications.
Out of 966 candidates contesting for 4th phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2012, only 91(9%) candidates are women; the number of women candidates for BSP is 6 out of 56, for BJP it is 5 out of 56, INC it is 8 out of 56 and SP it is 7 out of 54.

Asset increase:
Number of re-contesting MLAs analyzed for 4th phase of UP 2012 Assembly Elections– 40
The average asset of these MLAs as declared in 2007 is Rs 1,08,32,507 (1.08 crores). The average asset of these MLAs as declared in 2012 is, Rs 2,59,44,926 (2.59 crore). Average asset growth for these re-contesting MLAs is Rs 1,51,12,419 (1.51 crore).
Average percentage growth in assets for these MLA is 140%.
Ajay Pal Singh of INC from Unchahar constituency has the highest increase in asset worth Rs.10.91 Crores, followed by Mayankeshwar Sharan Singh of SP from Tiloi with an asset increase of Rs. 5.38 Crores and Vivek Kumar Singh of INC from Banda constituency with an asset increase of Rs. 5.20 Crores.
The highest percentage increase (4750%) has been for Sudhir Kumar of SP from Safipur (SC) constituency. His assets rose from 1.29 lakhs in 2007 to 62.90 lakhs in 2012. He is followed by Rajeshwari of BSP from Sandi (SC) constituency with a percentage increase of 1631% (4.40 lakhs in 2007 to 76.17 lakhs in 2012) and Sanjay of BSP from Pratapgarh constituency with an increase of 918% (33.74 lakhs in 2007 to 3.43 crores in 2012).

PAN:
Akhilesh Pathak (BJP) has the highest annual income at Rs. 90.70 Lakhs followed by Mohammad Umar Khan (BSP) at Rs. 88.35 Lakhs, Shyama Charan Gupta (SP) at Rs. 77.36 Lakhs and Jamaluddin Siddiqui (SP) at Rs. 42.33 Lakhs as per their last filed Income Tax Returns.
A total of 93 candidates (31%) out of the 297 candidates analyzed by the Uttar Pradesh Election Watch have declared that they have never filed income tax returns.
Out of the 93 candidates analyzed who have never filed income tax returns, JD(U) has the maximum number of candidates 17 (61%) out of 28 candidates, followed by SP 17 (31%) out of 54 candidates, BJP has 17 (30%) out of 56 candidates, INC has 14 (25%) out of 56 candidates, Apna Dal has 11 (65%) out of 17, Peace Party has 8 (36%) out of 22, BSP has 6 (11%) out of 56 candidates and Bundelkhand Congress has 3 (50%) out of 6 candidates who have not filed IT Returns.
Top 3 candidates with maximum assets but who have never filed IT returns are Surendra Bahadur Singh of Peace Party contesting from Sareni has the highest total assets of Rs. 11.82 crores, followed by Atul of Bundelkhand Congress from Baberu with assets of Rs. 7.09 crores and Pushpa Devi of Apna Dal from Salon (SC) with Rs. 4.26 crores respectively.
52 (18%) candidates have not declared their PAN details of which JD (U) has the maximum number of candidates, 10 out of 28 who have not declared their PAN details. BJP have 13 out of 56, INC has 8 out of 56, SP have 6 out of 54 candidates , Peace party have 4 out of 22, BSP have 2 out of 56 and Apna Dal has 6 out 17 and Bundelkhand Congress has 3 out of 6 candidates who have not declared their PAN card details.
Top three candidates with maximum assets but not declared their PAN card details are Atul of Bundelkhand Congress contesting from Baberu constituency has the highest assets with worth Rs. 7.09 Crores, followed by Sayed Qasim Hasan of SP from Fatehpur with assets of Rs. 2.28 crores and Shiv Shankar Singh Patel of INC from Baberu with Rs. 1.29 crores respectively.

UP’s criminal- The list only gets longer

The story of Uttar Pradesh in the third phase of the assembly elections is no different. 121 candidates out of the 317 contesting the 3rd phase have criminal candidates pending against them.
The. Association for Democratic Reforms and the National Election in its report states that 38 per cent of the candidates have criminal records against them. This is a shameful figure as in the year 2007 there were 28 per cent criminals for the whole of Uttar Pradesh.
Among these 121 candidates of 3rd Phase who have declared criminal cases against themselves, Brikesh Singh (Pragatisheel Manav Samaj Party), contesting from Saiyadraja constituenc has declared maximum number of criminal cases. He has declared 39 criminal cases including 57 serious IPCs. He is followed by Atiq Ahmad of Apna Dal contesting from Allahabad West constituency with 44 criminal cases and 26 serious IPCs and Ajay Prakash Singh of Peace Party from Lambhua constituency with 21 cases and 18 serious IPCs.
Amongst major parties, every party has given tickets to candidates who have declared criminal cases. SP has 30 out of 56 (54 %), BSP has 21 out of 56 (38 %), BJP has 25 out of 55 (46 %), INC has 16 out of 52 (31 %), Peace Party has 4 out of 7 (57 %), JD(U) has 4 out of 34 (12 %), candidates with declared criminal cases.
Out of these 121 candidates with declared criminal cases, 61 (19 %) have declared serious criminal cases like murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, robbery, extortion etc. BJP has 11 , BSP has 10 , SP has 18 , Peace Party has 3 , INC has 8 , JD(U) has 1, Quami Ekta Dal has 3 and Apna Dal has 5 such candidates.
A total of 122 candidates out of 317 analyzed for the 3rd Phase i.e. 39% are crorepatis. In 2007, there were 22% crorepati candidates.
The candidates with maximum assets in 3rd Phase are Nand Gopal of BSP from Allahabad South constituency with assets worth 95.26 Crores followed by Tanveer of INC from Bhadohi with 21.20 Crores and Atiq Ahmad of Apna Dal from Allahabad constituency with assets worth 20.79 crores.
6 Candidates have declared assets less than 1 lakh.
A total of 12 candidates out of 317 analyzed declared liabilities of 1 Crore and above.
Among major parties, the average asset per candidate for SP is 1.99 Crores, For BSP is 3.68 Crores, for BJP is 1.39 Crores, For INC is 2.18 Crores, For Peace Party is 1.71 Crores, For JD (U) is 22.98 Lakhs, Quami Ekta Dal is 68.81 Lakhs and Apna Dal is 1.33 Crores.
193 out of 317 candidates analyzed i.e. 61% are graduates or with higher educational qualifications.
Out of 1029 candidates contesting for 3rd Phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2012, only 78(8%) candidates are women; the number of women candidates for BSP is 4(7%) out of 56, for BJP it is 6(11%) out of 55, INC it is 3(6%) out of 52 and SP it is 5(9%) out of 56.

Report on asset increase details of MLAs re-contesting in the 3rd Phase.
Number of re-contesting MLAs analyzed for 3rd phase of UP 2012 Assembly Elections– 35
The average asset of these MLAs as declared in 2007 is Rs 1,42,63,643 (1.42 crores).
The average asset of these MLAs as declared in 2012 is, Rs 5,84,26,250 (5.84 crore).
Average asset growth for these re-contesting MLAs is Rs 4,41,62,607 (4.41 crore).
Average percentage growth in assets for these MLA is 310%.
Nand Gopal of BSP from Allahabad South has the highest increase in asset worth Rs.79.94 Crores, followed by Anoop Sanda of SP from Sultanpur with an asset increase of Rs. 8.78 Crores and Ameeta Singh of INC from Amethi constituency with an asset increase of Rs. 8.48 Crores.
The highest percentage increase (7922%) has been for Jitendra Kumar of BSP from Chakia (SC) constituency. His assets rose from 2.37 lakhs in 2007 to 1.90 crores in 2012. He is followed by Pooja Pal of BSP from Allahabad West constituency with a percentage increase of 3027% (3.55 lakhs in 2007 to 1.11 crore in 2012) and Chandra Prakash of BSP from Gauriganj constituency with an increase of 1846% (24.22 lakhs in 2007 to 4.71 crores in 2012).
Highlights (Report on the Income tax returns and

PAN details :
Vijay Kumar (SP) has the highest annual income at Rs. 93.38 Lakhs followed by Nand Gopal (BSP) at Rs. 78.36 Lakhs, Tanveer (INC) at Rs. 53.78 Lakhs and Keshari Nath Tripathi(BJP) at Rs. 49.32 Lakhs as per their last filed Income Tax Returns.
A total of 135 candidates (43%) out of the 317 candidates analyzed by the Uttar Pradesh Election Watch have declared that they have never filed income tax returns.
Out of the 135 candidates analyzed who have never filed income tax returns, BJP has the maximum number of candidates 25 (45%) out of 55 candidates, followed by JD (U) – 24 (71%) out of 34 candidates, INC has 22 (42%) out of 52 candidates, SP has 20 (36%) out of 56 candidates, Apna Dal has 19(58%) out of 33, Quami Ekta Dal has 14(78%) out of 18, BSP has 7 (13%) out of 56 candidates and Peace Party has 3(43%) out of 7 candidates who have not filed IT Returns.
Top 3 candidates with maximum assets but who have never filed IT returns are Siraj Ahmad Khan of Quami Ekta Dal contesting from Malhani has the highest total assets of Rs. 2.73 crores, followed by Abdul Hadi of Peace Party from Bhadohi with assets of Rs. 1.82 crores and Deepchand Jain of INC from Mirzapur with Rs. 1.75 crores respectively.
74(23%) candidates have not declared their PAN details of which JD (U) has the maximum number of candidates i.e. 20 out of 34, Apna Dal has 12 out 33 candidates, BJP have 12 out of 55, Quami Ekta Dal has 10 out of 18 candidates, SP have 9 out of 56 candidates, INC have 5 out of 52, BSP have 3 out of 56 and Peace party have 2 out of 7 candidates analyzed who have not declared their PAN card details.
Top three candidates with maximum assets but not declared their PAN card details are Abdul Hadi of Peace Party contesting from Bhadohi constituency has the highest assets with worth Rs. 1.82 Crores, followed by Raj Narayan Singh of INC from Obra with assets of Rs. 1.66 crores and Jwala Prasad of Apna Dal from Mungra Badshahpur with Rs. 1.34 crores respectively.

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Criminals at a record high in UP phase 2

Phase two of the Uttar Pradesh elections will see a whooping 118 candidates with a criminal background. The details released by the Association for Democratic Reforms reveals that out of the 337 candidates analyzed for the 2nd phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections,118 candidates or 35 % declared criminal cases against them.
In 2007 assembly elections for the whole of Uttar Pradesh, 28% candidates had declared criminal cases against themselves.
Among these 118 candidates of 2nd Phase who have declared criminal cases against themselves are: Mokhtar Ansari (Quami Ekta Dal, contesting from Mau and Ghosi constituency) has declared maximum number of criminal cases. He has declared 15 criminal cases including 9 serious IPCs. He is followed by Upendra (SP, Phephana constituency) and Javed Iqbal (BSP, Kushi Nagar constituency), who have declared 11 and 5 criminal cases respectively.
Amongst major parties, every party has given tickets to candidates who have declared criminal cases. SP has 30 out of 59 (51 %), BSP has 23 out of 59 (39 %), BJP has 20 out of 55 (36 %), INC has 19 out of 59 (32 %), Peace Party has 8 out of 35 (23 %), JD(U) had 12 out of 50 (24 %), candidates with declared criminal cases.
Out of these 118 candidates with declared criminal cases, 55 (16 %) have declared serious criminal cases like murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, robbery, extortion etc.
BJP has 9 , BSP has 10 , SP has 12 , Peace Party has 3 , INC has 10 , JD(U) has 7, Quami Ekta Dal has 2 and Apna Dal has 1 such candidates.

The money bags:
A total of 138 candidates out of 337 analyzed for the 2nd Phase i.e. 41% are crorepatis. In 2007, there were 22% crorepati candidates.
The candidates with maximum assets in 2nd Phase is Shah Alam of BSP from Mubarakpur constituency with assets worth 54.44 Crores followed by Subhash of SP from Saidpur with 35.32 Crores and Narendra Mani Tripathi of INC from Gorakhpur Urban constituency with assets worth 27.88 crores.
6 Candidates have declared assets less than 1 lakh.
A total of 10 candidates out of 337 analyzed declared liabilities of 70 Lakhs and above.
Among major parties, the average asset per candidate for SP is 2.13 Crores, For BSP is 3.38 Crores, for BJP is 1.24 Crores, For INC is 1.68 Crores, For Peace Party is 2.03 Crores, For JD (U) is 61.02 Lakhs, Quami Ekta Dal is 1.36 Crores and Apna Dal is 13.68 Lakhs.
212 out of 337 candidates analyzed i.e. 63% are graduates or with higher educational qualifications.
Out of 1098 candidates contesting for 2nd phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2012, only 76(7%) candidates are women; the number of women candidates for BSP is 2(3%) out of 59, for BJP it is 6(11%) out of 55, INC it is 8(14%) out of 59 and SP it is 5(8%) out of 59.

Average asset growth:
Number of re-contesting MLAs analyzed for 2nd phase of UP 2012 Assembly Elections– 34
The average asset of these MLAs as declared in 2007 is Rs86,17,386 (86 lakhs).
The average asset of these MLAs as declared in 2012 is, Rs 2,47,58,021 (2.47 crore).
Average asset growth for these re-contesting MLAs is Rs 1, 61, 40,634 (1.61 crore).
Average percentage growth in assets for these MLA is 187%.
Sarvesh Kumar Singh of BSP from Azamgarh has the highest increase in asset worth Rs.8.81 Crores, followed by Pramod of BSP from Deoria with an asset increase of Rs. 4.51 Crores and Rajkumar of BSP from Ghazipur constituency with an asset increase of Rs. 4.38 Crores.
The highest percentage increase (1934%) has been for Umesh Pandey of BSP from Madhuban constituency. His assets rose from 5.58 lakhs in 2007 to 1.13 crores in 2012. He is followed by Madho Prasad of INC from Chauri-chaura constituency with a percentage increase of 1025% (6.90 lakhs in 2007 to 77.62 lakhs in 2012) and Sarvesh Kumar Singh of BSP from Azamgarh constituency with an increase of 887% (99.42 lakhs in 2007 to 9.81 crores in 2012).

ITR and PAN:
Uma Shanker (BSP) has the highest annual income at Rs. 5.54 Crores followed by Shah Alam (BSP) at Rs. 1.03 Crores, Jetendra (BSP) at Rs. 1.02 Crores and Suresh (BSP) at Rs. 75.46 Lakhs as per their last filed Income Tax Returns.
A total of 166 candidates (49%) out of the 337 candidates analyzed by the Uttar Pradesh Election Watch have declared that they have never filed income tax returns.
Out of the 166 candidates analyzed who have never filed income tax returns, BSP has 19 (32%) out of 59 candidates, BJP has 23 (42%) out of 55 candidates, SP has 34 (58%) out of 59 candidates and INC has 25 (42%) out of 59 candidates, Peace Party has 18(51%) out of 35 candidates and JD (U) has 35(70%) out of 50 candidates who have not filed IT Returns.
Top 3 candidates with maximum assets but who have never filed IT returns are Narendra Mani Tripathi of INC contesting from Gorakhpur Urban with total assets of Rs. 27.88 crores, followed by Mashhoor Alam of BSP from Khalilabad with assets of Rs. 5.07 crores and Shabeer of Peace Party from Rasara with Rs. 4.20 crores respectively.
78(23%) candidates have not declared their PAN details of which 20 are from JD (U) 14 are from INC, 14 from SP, 9 from BJP, 8 from Peace Party, 5 from BSP, 5 from Quami Ekta Dal and 3 are from Apna Dal.

41 red alert constituencies in Uttar Pradesh

Speaking of red alert constituencies, Uttar Pradesh has 41 in the first and second phases. As per the records available which have been analysed by the Association for Democratic reforms, 36% of the constituencies in the phase 1 and 2 of UP elections, i.e. 41 out of the 114 constituencies going to polls are red alert constituencies. A red alert constituency is one which has three or more candidates with a criminal record against them.
Out of these 41 red alert constituencies, 28 constituencies have 3 candidates with declared criminal cases.
All candidates analysed from Mehdawal constituency in Sant Kabir Nagar district have declared criminal cases in their affidavits. They include candidates from Peace Party, JD (U), Sp, INC, BJP and BSP.
Kushi Nagar District has highest number of candidates i.e. 21(50%) out of 42 analyzed till now, who have declared criminal cases in their affidavits submitted to the Election Commission amongst the districts going for polls in the 1st and 2nd phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2012.
The Medhawal constituency has six candidates contesting with a criminal record while Katra Bazar and Padrauna have five candidates each. From the Medhwal constituency the candidates are Anil Kumar of Peace Party with 2 serious criminal charges and 13 number of cases pending. Chandra Shekhar Pandey of JD(U) with 4 cases pending, Laxmikant of SP with 1 case pending, Madhav Narayan of INC, Mohammad Tayab of BSP and Rakesh Kumar Singh Bagel of BJP with 1 case each pending against them are also contesting from the Medhawal constituency.
At Padrauna, Rajendra of the Peace Party has 2 pending cases, ram Dhari if BJP-3, Rajesh Kumar of INC-1, Swamy Prasad Maury of BSP-1 while Shyam Baboo of JD(U)- 2.
At Katra Bazar Baji Nath of SP-1, Bavan Singh of BJP-2, Deep Narayan of INC- 1, Kapil Dev of Peace Party-1. And Masood Alam of BSP-1.

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109 criminals in 1st phase UP polls

Uttar Pradesh will go to elections in the first phase with 109 candidates with a criminal record. The Uttar Pradesh Election Watch (UPEW) has analyzed affidavits of 284 candidates out of 867 candidates who are contesting the 1stPhase of Uttar Pradesh 2012 Assembly Elections.
Out of these 284 candidates analyzed in the 1st phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections,109 candidates or 38 % declared criminal cases against them. In 2007 assembly elections for the whole of Uttar Pradesh, 28% candidates had declared criminal cases against themselves.
Amongst major parties, every party has given tickets to candidates who have declared criminal cases. SP has 28 out of 55 (51 %), BSP has 24 out of 55 (44 %), BJP has 24 out of 55 (44 %), INC has 15 out of 54 (28 %), Peace Party has 12 out of 42 (29 %), JD(U) has 5 out of 20 (25 %), RLD has 1 out of 1 (100 %) candidates with declared criminal cases.
Out of these 109 candidates with declared criminal cases, 46 (16 %) have declared serious criminal cases like murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, robbery, extortion etc. BJP has 12 , BSP has 11 , SP has 11 , Peace Party has 6 , INC has 5 , JD(U) has 1 such candidates. A total of 144 candidates out of 284 analyzed for the 1st Phase i.e. 51% are crorepatis. In 2007, there were 22% crorepati candidates.
6 Candidates have declared assets less than 1 lakh.
A total of 10 candidates out of 284 analyzed declared liabilities of 80 Lakhs and above.
Among major parties, the average asset per candidate for SP is 1.74 Crores , For BSP is 3.83 Crores, For BJP is 1.56 Crores , For INC is 1.34 Crores , For Peace Party is 1.01 Crores and For JD(U) is 32.09 Lakhs.
163 out of 284 candidates analyzed i.e. 57% are graduates or with higher educational qualifications.
Out of 867 candidates analyzed for 1st phase Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2012, only 65(7%) candidates are women; the number of women candidates for BSP is 5(9%) out of 55, for BJP it is 6(11%) out of 55, INC it is 4(7%) out of 54 and SP it is 4(7%) out of 55.
The data on the increase in assets of 44 MLAs who are found to be re-contesting in the 1st phase of elections are as follows.
Number of re-contesting MLAs analyzed for 1st phase of UP Assembly Elections 2012– 44.
The average assets of these MLAs as declared in 2007 is Rs 1, 43, 43,023 (1.43 Crore).
The average assets of these MLAs as declared in 2012 is, Rs 3, 08, 80,671 (3.08 crore).
Average asset growth for these re-contesting MLAs is Rs 1, 65, 37,647 (1.65 Crore).
Average percentage growth in assets for these MLA is 115%.
Ranjana Bajpai (BSP) has the highest annual income at Rs. 91.51 Lakhs followed by Vinay Shankar (BSP) at Rs. 78.22 Lakhs, Jitendra Singh (Peace Party) at Rs. 58.61 Lakhs and Awadesh Kumar Singh(SP) at Rs. 50.30 Lakhs as per their last filed Income Tax Returns.
A total of 96 candidates (34%) out of the 284 candidates analyzed by the Uttar Pradesh Election Watch have declared that they have never filed income tax returns.
Out of the 96 candidates analyzed who have never filed income tax returns, BSP has 9 (16%) out of 55 candidates, BJP has 16 (29%) out of 55 candidates, SP has 19 (35%) out of 55 candidates and INC has 21 (39%) out of 54 candidates, Peace Party has 17(40%) out of 42 candidates and JD (U) has 13(65%) out of 20 candidates who have not filed IT Returns.
Top 3 candidates with maximum assets but who have never filed IT returns are Farid Mahfuz Kidwai of SP contesting from Kursi with total assets of Rs. 3.52 crores, followed by Gauri Sankar of INC from Mahadewa with assets of Rs. 2.88 crores and Ram Sajivan of BJP from Ram Nagar with Rs. 2.57 crores respectively.
40(14%) candidates have not declared their PAN details of which 10 are from SP, 9 from BJP, 7 from JD (U), 6 from Peace Party, 4 from INC and 3 are from BSP.
Top three candidates with maximum assets but not declared their PAN card details are Indrani Devi of SP contesting from Bhinga constituency with total assets of Rs 1.97 crores, followed by Jata Shankar of BJPcontesting from Nanpara with total assets of Rs 1.63 Crores followed by Subhash Tripathi of BJP contesting from Payagpurwith Rs. 1.60 Crores

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The crorepatis in Punjab

Sukbhir Singh Badal (SAD) has the highest annual income at Rs 4.58 crores. He is followed by Parkash Singh Badal (SAD) at 2.00 crores.

The list of candidates analysed by the Punjab Election Watch for the forthcoming assembly elections also shows that a total of 92 candidates (23%) out of 408 candidates analyzed by the Punjab Election Watch for Punjab Assembly Elections have declared that they have never filed income tax returns.

While Sukbhir Singh Badal is the richest, Rana Gurjit Singh (INC) at 1.59

crores, Kewal Singh Dhillon (INC) at 1.53 crores and Deep Malhotra (SAD) at 1.10 crores as per their last filed income tax returns are on the third and fourth positions.

Out of the 92 candidates analyzed who have never filed IT returns, INC has 15, SAD has 11, PPP has 20 and BSP has 27. The top three candidates with maximum assets who have never filed their IT returns are Karan Kaur of INC contesting from Muktsar with total assets of Rs 128 crore, followed by

Ramanjit Singh Sikki of INC contesting from Khadoor Sahib and Gurpartap Singh Wadala of SAD contesting from Nakodar have total assets worth Rs 20.12 crore and Rs 13.71 crore respectively.

47 (12%) candidates do not have a PAN number of which 5 are from INC, 5 fromSAD, 7 from PPP and 18 from BSP. The top three candidates with maximum assets but not declared their PAN card details are Gurpartap Singh Wadala of SAD contesting from Nakodar with total assets of Rs 13.71

crore, followed by Brahm Mohindra of INC contesting from Patiala Rural and Sikander Singh an independent candidate contesting from Rampura Phul have total assets of Rs 6.49.

 Uttarakhand:

99 (36%) candidates out of the 278 candidates analyzed have declared that they have never filed ITR.  For BSP 31 (44%) out of 70 candidates, UKD (P) 24 (55%) out of 44 candidates, BJP 20 (29%) out of 70 candidates and INC 10 (14%) out of 70 candidates, have declared that they have never filed ITR.

42 out of 278 candidates analyzed (15%) who are contesting in Uttarakhand 2012 Assembly Elections have not declared their PAN card details. Out of the 42 candidates who have not declared their PAN details, 6 candidates are Crorepati.

Out of 278 candidates analyzed, 99 candidates (36%) have declared that they have not filed their ITR. Among them, Shahjad of BSP has the highest assets of approximately 6.52 crore followed by Kaleem of BJP with assets worth around 3.15 crores.

Criminals and crorepatis in UK

The Indian National Congress leads the pack at Uttarkhand with 16 candidates with a criminal record. A report prepared by the Association of Democratic reforms states that INC has 16 out of 70 (i.e. 23%) candidates with pending criminal cases, BSP has 14 out of 70 (20%), BJP had 13 out of 70 (19%) and UKD(P) had 7 out of 44 (16%) candidates with pending criminal cases against them.
Out of candidates analyzed, 53 candidates (i.e. 19%) have declared criminal cases against them. In 2007 assembly elections, 18% of candidates had declared criminal cases against themselves.
Out of these 53 candidates with pending criminal cases, 14 candidates have pending serious criminal cases like extortion, theft, bribery and attempt to murder.
A total of 88 candidates out of 278 analyzed (32%) are crorepatis. In the 2007 assembly elections, only 11% candidates were crorepats. A total of 43 candidates out of 278 analyzed declared liabilities of more than 20 lakhs.
Among major parties, the average asset of a candidate for BJP is Rs 1.45 crores and for INC is Rs 1.46 crores, for BSP is Rs 1.19 crore and for UKD (P) is Rs 38.08 lakhs.
181 candidates out of 278 analyzed i.e. 65% are graduates or have higher educational qualifications.
Out of 788 candidates, only 62 candidates (i.e. 7.9 %) are women; the number of women candidates for BJP is 6 out of 70 candidates (9%), for INC it is 8 out of 70 candidates (11%), for BSP it is 3 out of 70 candidates (4%) and for UKD (P) it is only 3 out of 44 candidates (7%).
Data on re-contesting MLAs
Re-contesting MLAs analyzed in this report – 53
The average assets of these MLAs as declared in 2007 is Rs87,22,372 (87.22 lakhs)
The average assets of these MLAs as declared in 2012 is Rs 1,79,52,563 (1.79 Crore)
Average asset growth for these re-contesting MLAs is Rs 92,30,190 (92.3 lakhs)
Average percentage growth in assets for these MLA is 106%

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Punjab has a lot of gainers this time

The financial and crime related details of the MLAs contesting the Punjab elections are out. The Punjab Election Watch which has compiled the details along with the Association for Democratic Reforms has the following details.

18 MLAs out of these 77 re-contesting MLAs have pending criminal cases against them

5 re-contesting MLAs out of these 77 have serious criminal cases like murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, robbery etc. pending against them.

The average assets of these MLAs as declared in 2007 is Rs 4,60,37,351 (4.6 crores)

The average assets of these MLAs as declared in 2012 is Rs 10,73,33,640 (10.7 crores)

Average asset growth for these re-contesting MLAs is Rs 6,12,96,289 (6.1 crores)

Average percentage growth in assets for these MLAs is 133%

The Indian National Congress 10 such recontesting MLAs with pending criminal charges of which 4 have serious charges against them. The SAD has 7 MLAs with criminal charges and one has a serious charge pending. In the case of the BJP there is only one MLA with a pending criminal charge and it is not a serious charge.

Topping  this list is Balbir Singh Sidhu of the Indian National Congress from SAS Nagar who has 1 charges related to Murder (IPC Section-302) 1 charges related to Attempt to murder (IPC Section-307).  1 charges related to Rioting, armed with deadly weapon (IPC Section-148) 1 charges related to Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object (IPC Section-149) 1 charges related to Punishment of criminal conspiracy (IPC Section-120B) Other details:25,27,54,59 Arms Act * The affidavit mentions that “No charge against the deponent has been framed as the name of the deponent has been declared innocent and the deponents name has been shown in the challan committed before.

Sukhbir Singh Badal of the SAD from Fazilka Constituency, Jalalabad  has 1 charges related to Attempt to murder (IPC Section-307) 1 charges related to robbery (IPC Section-392) 1 charges related to Voluntarily causing hurt to extort property, or to constrain to an illegal act (IPC Section-327) 1 charges related to voluntarily causing hurt (IPC Section-323) 1 charges related to Causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender (IPC Section-201) 1 charges related to Punishment of criminal conspiracy (IPC Section-120B).

Makhan Singh from the INC from the BathindaConstituency:Bathinda Rural (SC)  has 1 charges related to Attempt to murder (IPC Section-307) 1 charges related to criminal intimidation (IPC Section-506) 1 charges related to Rioting, armed with deadly weapon (IPC Section-148) 1 charges related to Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object (IPC Section-149).

The money bags:

Kewal Singh Dhillon of the Indian National Congress from the Barnala constituency:  He had 6.83 crore in the year 2007 and this year his asset value is Rs 78 crore. His asset increase is at 1048 per cent.

Sukhpal Singh of the INC from Bholnath was worth Rs 2 crore in the year 2007 and today he is worth Rs 52 crore which means he had an asset increase of 2282 per cent.

S Shukhpal Singh Nanu of the BJP from the Firozpur constituency was worth Rs 7 crore in the year 2007 and today he is worth Rs 55 crore which means his assets percentage increase is 605 pe cent.

Available affidavits of 2012 reveal that the average asset increase for each re-contesting MLAs of INC is Rs 6.81 crores. The same procedure was followed for other parties and it was found that the available details for 28 re-contesting MLAs of SAD show an average asset increase of Rs. 4.74 crores each. Given below is the detail for all parties who have re-contesting MLAs in Punjab Assembly Elections 2012:

Congress– Average assets in 2012 is Rs 11 crore and in the year 2007 was Rs 4 crore. There has been an average asset increase of Rs 6 crore at 159 per cent.

SAD– Average assets in the year 2012 is Rs 10 crore as compared to Rs 5 crore in 2007 which means that there has been an increase of Rs 4 crore at 86 per cent.

BJP– Assets in the year 2007 was Rs 2 crore and in 2012 it is Rs 9 crore. The increase is at 236 per cent at Rs 6 crore.

PPP– Average increase is at 155 per cent at Rs 10 crore. In the year 2007 it was Rs 7 crore and this year it is at Rs 17 crore.

Grand Total– All parties put together would show average assets in the year 2012 at Rs 10 crore which is a 6 crore increase from the year 2007. The per centage is at 133.

People will denounce Rushdie, hurl shoes at him

Photo courtesy: guardian.co.ukWill Salman Rushdie come down to India and attend the Jaipur Literary festival? This is the question that is there on everyone’s mind. There is no confirmation from Rushdie himself and the organizers maintain that the invitation has not been cancelled.
However several Muslims across the country who have been hurt by some of his writings say that they would welcome him with brick bats and shoes if at all he comes to the country.
Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, President, All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat who is also the  Chief Editor, The Milli Gazette says that  if a person can cross all limits of decency only to sell his writing, he should be prepared for the kind of reaction shown by Muslims ever since this blasphemous novel was published three decades ago. In this interview with rediff.comhe says that people will denounce Rushdie and hurl shoes at him if they find him. The blasphemer should be ready for such a reception.
What do you make of the controversy surrounding the visit of Salman Rushdie to India?
Salman Rushdie, a British citizen, hurt the sentiments of millions of Muslims around the world by writing Satanic Verses which in a nutshell tries to claim that the Holy Quran is not divine and revealed.  His novel shows some of the most respected personalities in Islam as whores living in Hell. If a person can cross all limits of decency only to sell his writing, he should be prepared for the kind of reaction shown by Muslims ever since this blasphemous novel was published three decades ago. He has not ever shown remorse; rather he has said that he should have been more forthcoming and critical in his writing and depiction of characters. As such, it is very natural that people who were hurt will protest whenever an opportunity presents itself. And what best opportunity than when a foreigner visits a country where millions dislike what he said and wrote.
There is a section of the Muslim population which is threatening action if he were to visit India. Do you subscribe to their views?
I think the vast majority of Muslim opinion in India is against this visit by a foreigner. People have limited themselves to denouncing the visit, asking Government of India not allow him to visit and the most anyone has gone to, is to say that he will pay Rs One lakh to anyone throwing a shoe at this detested man. No violence has been threatened and no violence is expected.

Preventing Rushdie from coming down to India- do you feel that people are being intolerant?
This reaction may look intoleratnt to “liberal” and westernised people but not to people who are deeply religious, be they Hindu or Muslim. The recent reaction to the ban of Gita in Siberia is an indication of what happens when religious feelings of anyone are hurt.

If he were to apologise for his writings against Islam do you think he would be forgiven and welcome in India?
If Rushdie apologises and withdraws his blasphemous writing, the issue will be closed for Muslims all over the world, not only in India.

In the past Taslima Nasreen was attacked by workers of the MIM in Hyderabad. Do you feel that was justified?
Tasleema is a class by herself –  a most vulgar writer who openly writes that she had sex with persons she names in our part of Bengal. She too is a foreigner and has cases against her in her homeland Bangladesh. She is a fugitive from law. She should return to her country, now ruled by very secular people, and face the courts. In any case, she has the nationality of a European country and should reside there. She will get slippers and shoes wherever she is seen in India. It is unfortunate that our government spends so much of our money to protect an unwanted  foreigner on our soil. It is strange that in a democracy the opinion of million of people has no meaning in the face of some people’s liking of a foreigner who has no automatic right to be in our country.

Do you think that Rushdie will face the same wrath if he were to visit India?
People will denounce Rushdie and hurl shoes at him if they find him. That’s all. The blasphemer should be ready for such reception.

The government has warned that he could be a victim of an attack if he were to visit India. Does this sound like a surrender?
Every government has to take popular sentiments into consideration. This is the right answer when millions of your compatriots feel a particular way about a foreigner who does not enjoy the rights and duties enshrined in our Constitution. A foreigner is a guest at the sufferance of the government and people of India.

With UP elections round the corner and the Muslim vote making a whale of a difference, will political parties use the Rushdie issue?
Political parties always use and misuse issues for their own benefit. Muslims have no control over their or media’s behaviour.

Instead of threatening Rushdie would you think its best to have an open debate with the man himself on a public platform regarding his writings?
The issue of blasphemy and abuse is not an issue of debate. We do have debates where issues are debatable and each side is within limits of decency.

Finally, do you feel way too much is being made out of the Rushdie issue. Doesn’t a person have the right to express his opinion?
Everyone has a right to express his opinion but this right has to be exercised within limits. If he simply says I do not believe in the Quran or that Quran is fake, no one will join issue with him. Satanic Verses is not such a thing – it is a clear case of blasphemy, abuse and utter denigration of things and personalities held sacred by millions of people in our own country.

Church attacks-Kar is at No.1

The past couple of months have seen an increase on attacks on Christians. Karnataka in particular had made headlines when synchronized attacks took place in Mangalore where some activists complained that this was done thanks to forcible conversions undertaken by some Christian missionaries.
While the debate on forcible conversions continue, here is a report which suggests that Karnataka has the dubious of reputation of topping the list where attacks on Christians are concerned.
Dr. Sajan George, President Global Council of Indian Christians(GCIC) whose team prepared an India wide report on such attacks says that in the midst of all  great progress achieved by India, the most painful thing is the systematic attacks against Christians by anti-Christian fundamentalists in different parts of the country.
Statistics collected through complaints lodged before the various police stations across the country would show that in the year 2011 alone there have been 172 incidents across the country in which Christians have been attacked. Karnataka tops the list with 47 incidents which is followed by Orissa with 25 incidents. The other states which have witnessed such incidents are Madhya Pradesh with 15 incidents, Kerala-10, Tamil Nadu, Chattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra with 6 incidents each.
As per the complaints lodged and also the report on hand these are incidents of murder, maiming of life by breaking their limbs, damaging their eyes and ears, in most cases with permanent life-time damage. Other incidents are those of demolishing Churches, burning down churches – wholly or partly, destroying or desecrating of Christian literature like the bibles, the Eucharist, and their hymn books, their vestments, musical instruments and furniture, useful household, Church items, destroying their vehicles – cars, motor cycles and ordinary bicycles. There have been also incidents of forcibly taking over of Church properties, burial places, their personal properties, destroying their means of livelihood etc. All this is done only because of their religious faiths and not for any other personal reason or enmities, though sometimes it may play some role.
Dr George points out that with regard to Karnataka, ever since BJP assumed power in the State, the incidents have been repeatedly very high since the various Christian baiting Sangh Parivar outfits could go about executing their dark deeds with impunity either openly or covertly supported by their political mentors in the State. Hence, ever since 2008 pogrom in the State, the figure of attacks against Christians has been very high year after year to this very year with its 47incidents.
Orissa on the other hand has witnessed 3 murders in the year 2011. The report states that there is an attempt being made to hush up those incidents hush up these murders though there are proofs, witnesses and all the evidence in the world to prove without any doubt that they are murders of innocent Christians.
It is indeed very sad and even tragic that certain forces in the country are determined to  carry on the cycle of violence . Otherwise, how can one explain the fact that the fundamentalists in Kandhamal could go to the extent of declaring the shut down of the whole district from 23rd to 27th only to obstruct and deny the Christians from celebrating Christmas(finally it was reduced to 26th but many small villagers were robbed of their Christmas).
In Bangalore where more than 200 fundamentalists attacking the Agape Bible Church just at the starting of the Christmas season is another similar example of trying to dampen the very spirit of Christmas among the Christians.There was a major attack on the new year eve and on 3rd of Jan2012 in Karnataka.
Justice M F Saldanha, who had prepared a detailed paper on the church attacks in the state recently points out that such incidents should be treated as acts of terror. Attacks on Churches are very much a reality and they continue even to this day and the last three months have also seen a lot of attacks on Christians and Churches.