UP elections: 116 candidates have criminal record

uppollsIn the fourth phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections there are 116 candidates with a criminal record. Out of 680 candidates analyzed, 116 candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves, says a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms.

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UP elections: 168 candidates with criminal background in fray

img_0797Lucknow, Feb 4: There are 168 candidates with criminal cases contesting the first phase of the Utta Pradesh assembly elections 2017. An analysis by the Association for Democratic Reforms states that there are 836 candidates in the fray.

143 candidates have declared serious criminal cases, including cases related to murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, crimes against women etc. 15 candidates have declared cases related to murder.

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Madhya Pradesh will see a total of 243 candidates with a criminal background in the forthcoming elections. Out of the 1045 candidates analysed by the Association for Democratic Reforms 243 or 23 per cent of the candidates have a criminal record.

Out of the 243 candidates who have declared criminal cases, 143 have declared serious criminal cases. These include murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, criminal intimidation and crime against women. 50 (22%) candidates from INC, 37 (16%) from BJP and 33 (15%) candidates from BSP have declared serious criminal case.

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The UP story- criminals and crorepatis

Uttar Pradesh had in all 795 candidates with a criminal record. That would mean out of the 2195 candidates who contested the election 35 per cent or more had criminal cases pending against them.

A report combining the candidates who contested in all the phases in Utttar Pradesh has been put out by the Uttar Pradesh Election Watch and the Association for Democratic Reforms. The Samajwadi Party tops the list while the BJP and the Congress held the second and third spot in this tainted department.

Out of these 2195 candidates analyzed by UPEW/ADR, 759 candidates or 35 % declared pending criminal cases against them. SP had 199 out of 401 (50 %), BJP had 144 out of 397 (36 %), INC had 120 out of 354 (34 %), BSP had 131 out of 403 (33 %), JD(U) had 46 out of 220 (21 %), Peace Party had 55 out of 209 (26 %), Apna Dal had 22 out of 76 (29 %), Qaumi Ekta Dal had 13 out of 38 (34 %), RLD had 16 out of 46 (35 %), Bundelkhand Congress had 5 out of 33 (15 %) candidates with pending criminal cases. Out of the above 759 candidates who have declared criminal cases, Brijesh Singh alias Arun Kumar Singh (Pragatishil Manav Samaj Party, Saiyadraja constituency) with 39 criminal cases including 47 charges related to murder. He is followed by Atiq Ahmed (Apna Dal, Allahabad West constituency) has declared maximum number of criminal cases. He has declared 44 criminal cases including 12 charges related to murder, 5 charges related to kidnapping and abducting in order to murder and 3 charges of extortion and Mitra Sen (SP, Bikapur constituency) with 36 criminal cases including 14 cases related to murder. Among the major parties, the candidates who have declared the maximum number of serious cases against themselves are: 1) Mitra Sen (SP, Bikapur constituency) with 36 criminal cases including 14 cases related to murder. 2) Indra Pratap (BSP, Goshainganj) with 31 criminal cases including 10 charges related to murder, 1 charge of kidnapping or abducting in order to murder and another charge related to robbery. 3) Upendra (BJP, Phephana) has 11 cases against himself including 5 charges related to murder 4) Ajay (INC, Pindra) has 8 cases against himself including 3 charges related to attempt to murder 5) Manveer Singh (JD(U), Jewar) has declared 31 cases against himself including 15 charges related to murder. Out of these 759 candidates with pending criminal cases, 340 (16 %) have pending serious criminal cases like murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, robbery, extortion etc. SP had 92 , BSP had 57 , BJP had 57 , INC had 50 , Peace Party had 30 , JD(U) had 20 , Apna Dal had 11 , RLD had 8 , QAUMI EKTA DAL had 5 and Bundelkhand Congress had 3 . Among all the analyzed candidates, 5 candidates have charges of rape against them. They are Shri Bhagwan Sharma (SP) of Bulandshahar, Shahnawaz Rana (RLD) of Bijnor, Mohd. Aleem Khan (BSP) of Bulandshahar, Anoop Sanda (SP) of Sultanpur and Manoj Kumar Paras (SP) from Bijnor constituency.

A total of 1046 candidates out of 2195 analyzed i.e. 48% were crorepatis. In 2007, there were 22% crorepati candidates. The candidates with maximum assets are Najir Ahmed of INC from Agra South constituency with assets worth 141 Crores followed by Nand Gopal of BSP from Allahabad South constituency with assets worth 95.26 Crores and Nawab Kazim Ali Khan of INC from Suar constituency with assets worth 56.89 Crores. A total of 70 candidates out of 2195 analyzed (3.2%) declared liabilities of 1 Crore or above. Among major parties,the average asset per candidate for BSP was approximate 3.39 Crores , For SP was 2.45 Crores , For BJP was 1.92 Crores , For INC was 2.98 Crores , For JD(U) was 56.64 Lacs , For Peace Party was 1.03 Crores , For Apna Dal was 96.27 Lacs , For RLD was 4.05 Crores , For QAUMI EKTA DAL was 85.77 Lacs and For Bundelkhand Congress was 46.22 Lacs Out of 6850 contesting candidates in Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2012, only 594 (8.7%) candidates are women.

Asset Increase:

Number of re-contesting MLAs analyzed for UP 2012 Assembly Elections– 285

The average asset of these MLAs as declared in 2007 is Rs 1,21,26,559 (1.21 crore). The average asset of these MLAs as declared in 2012 is, Rs 3,56,67,212 (3.56 crore). Average asset growth for these re-contesting MLAs is Rs 2,35,40,653 (2.35 crore). Average percentage growth in assets for these MLA is 194%. Nand Gopal of BSP from Allahabad South constituency has shown the highest increase in asset worth Rs.79.94 Crores (from 15.32 Crores to 95.26 Crores), followed by Nawab Kazim Ali Khan of INC from Suar constituency with an asset increase of Rs.47.70 Crores (from 9.18 Crores in 2007 to 56.89 Crores in 2012), followed by Dharam Pal Yadav of Rashtriya Parivartan Dal from Sahaswan constituency with an asset increase of Rs. 28.30 Crores (from 14.42 Crores in 2007 to 47.72 Crores in 2012) The highest percentage increase (13074%) has been for Kaushlendra Nath of JD(U) from Tulsipur constituency . His assets rose from 51.94 thousand in 2007 to 68.42 Lakhs in 2012. He is followed by Jitendra Kumar of BSP from Chakia (SC) with a percentage increase of 7922% (2.37 lakhs in 2007 to 1.90 crores in 2012) and Mahendra Singh Rajpoot of SP from Etawah with an increase of 6021% (5.25 lakhs in 2007 to 3.21 Crores in 2012).

Details of 7th phase candidates:

Uttar Pradesh Election Watch (UPEW) has analyzed affidavits of 325 candidates out of 962 candidates who are contesting the 7th Phase of Uttar Pradesh 2012 Assembly Elections.

Out of these 325 candidates analyzed for the 7th phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections, 98 candidates or 30 % 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 27 out of 60 (45 %), BJP has 20 out of 60 (33 %), BSP has 13 out of 60 (22 %) INC has 14 out of 51 (27 %), RLD has 4 out of 10 (40 %), Peace Party has 13 out of 45 (29 %), JD(U) has 4 out of 26 (15 %), Ittehad-E-Millat Council has 1 out of 1 (100 %) and Rastriya Parivartan Dal has 1 out of 1 (100 %) candidates with pending criminal cases.

Out of these 98 candidates with declared criminal cases, 37 have declared serious criminal cases like murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, rape, robbery, extortion etc. SP has 12 , BJP has 6, BSP has 4, INC has 3, RLD has 2, JD(U) has 3, Peace Party has 5 and Rastriya Parivartan Dal has 1 such candidates.

Among these 98 candidates of 7th Phase who have declared criminal cases against themselves, Mehboob Ali of SP, contesting from Amroha constituency) has declared maximum number of criminal cases. He has declared 15 criminal cases including 3 charges related to murder. He is followed by Abid Raja Khan (SP, Badaun constituency) who has declared 10 criminal cases including 3 charges related to murder and Dharam Yadav (Rashtriya Parivartan Dal, Sahaswan constituency) has declared 8 criminal cases including 4 charges related to murder.

Among other major parties, the following candidates have declared the highest number of serious criminal cases against them: 1) Virendra Singh (of BSP contesting from Bithari Chainpur) has declared 2 cases against himself including 2 charges related to murder. 2) Arvind Giri (of INC contesting from Gola Golaknath constituency) has declared 8 cases against himself including 1 charge related to murder. 3) Shahnawaz Rana (of RLD from Bijnor constituency) has declared 6 criminal charges including 1 charge related to murder and 1 charge related to rape. And 4) Ramveer Singh (BJP, Kundarki constituency) has declared 5 criminal charges including 2 charges related to murder and Anoop Singh (JD{U}, Nighasan constituency) has declared1 criminal charge including 1 charge related to murder.

A total of 169 candidates out of 325 analyzed i.e. 52% are crorepatis. In 2007, there were 22% crorepati candidates.

The candidates with maximum assets in 7th Phase is Nawab Kazim Ali Khan of INC from Suar constituency with assets worth Rs. 56.89 Crores followed by Dharam Yadav of Rashtriya Parivartan Dal from Sahaswan with Rs. 42.72 Crores and Supriya Aron of INC from Bareilly Cantt. constituency with assets worth Rs. 27.69 crores.

1 candidate, Shamshad Hussain (Bundelkhand Congress) of Bilari constituency, has declared assets of less than 1 lakh (Rs. 85,000).

A total of 29 (9%) candidates out of 325 analyzed declared liabilities of Rs. 40 Lacs or above.

Among major parties, the average asset per candidate for BSP is 2.86 Crore, for INC is 3.18 Crore, for RLD is 5.19 crores, for SP is 1.95 Crore, for BJP is 1.62 Crore, for JD(U) is 51.79 Lacs, for Peace Party is 59.33 Lacs, for Bundelkhand Congress is 12.24 Lacs and for Apna Dal is 1.16 Crores.

59% candidates (192 of 325 analyzed) were graduates and above.

Out of 962 candidates contesting for 7th phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2012, only 100 (11%) candidates are women.

Highlights (Analysis of asset increase of re-contesting MLAs in the 7th Phase of UP elections)

Number of re-contesting MLAs analyzed for 7th phase of UP 2012 Assembly Elections– 47 The average asset of these MLAs as declared in 2007 is Rs 1,13,03,326 (1.13 crores). The average asset of these MLAs as declared in 2012 is, Rs 4,74,96,422 (4.74 crore). Average asset growth for these re-contesting MLAs is Rs 3,61,93,096 (3.61 crore). Average percentage growth in assets for these MLA is 320%. Nawab Kazim Ali Khan of INC from Suar constituency has shown the highest increase in asset worth Rs.47.70 Crores (from 9.18 Crores in 2007 to 56.89 Crores in 2012), followed by Dharam Pal Yadav of RPD from Sahaswan constituency with an asset increase of Rs. 28.30 Crores (from 14.42 Crores in 2007 to 47.72 Crores in 2012) and Shahnawaz Rana of RLD from Bijnor constituency with an asset increase of Rs. 15.97 Crores (from 2.02 Crores in 2007 to 17.99 Crores in 2012) The highest percentage increase (3046%) has been for Sinod kumar Shakya of BSP from Dataganj constituency. His assets rose from 9.60 lakhs in 2007 to 3.01 Crores in 2012. He is followed by R A Usmaani of SP from Nighasan constituency with a percentage increase of 1500% (9.20 lakhs in 2007 to 1.47 Crores in 2012) and Mehboob Ali of SP from Amroha constituency with an increase of 1391% (31.20 lakhs in 2007 to 4.65 crores in 2012).

ITR and Pan-7th phase:

Uttar Pradesh Election Watch analyzed affidavits of 325 out of the 962 candidates contesting the 7th Phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. Out of the above 325 candidates, Om Kumar (BSP) has the highest annual income at Rs. 1.18 Crore followed by Kavita Singh (BJP) at Rs. 1.02 Crore, Iqbal (BSP) at Rs. 93.15 Lacs and Neeraj Kushwaha (BSP) at Rs. 84.18 Lacs as per their last filed Income Tax Returns. A total of 117 candidates (36%) out of the 325 candidates analyzed by the Uttar Pradesh Election Watch have declared that they have never filed income tax returns. Out of the 117 candidates analyzed who have never filed income tax returns, BJP has the maximum number of candidates 25 (42% of the 60 candidates analyzed) followed by Peace Party with 20 (44% of the 45 candidates analyzed), SP with 19 (32% of the 60 candidates analyzed), JD(U) with 18 (69% of the 26 candidates analyzed), INC with 15 (29% of the 51 candidates analyzed), BSP with 9 (15% of the 60 candidates analyzed) who have never filed ITR. Top 3 candidates with maximum assets but who have never filed IT returns are Vinay Tiwari of SP contesting from Gola Gokrannath has the highest total assets of Rs. 5.46 crores, followed by Kunwar Sarvesh Kumar of BJP from Thakurdwara with assets of Rs. 4.34 crores and Ashish Yadav of SP from Shekhupur with Rs. 4.11 crores respectively. 52 (16%) candidates have not declared their PAN details of which Peace Party has the maximum number of candidates (14 out of 45) who have not declared their PAN details. JD(U) has 9 out of 26, SP has 7 out of 60, BJP has 7 out of 60, INC has 7 out of 51, Bundelkhand Congress has 4 out of 5 and RLD has 1 out 10, BSP has 2 out 60 candidates analyzed who have not declared their PAN card details. Top three candidates with maximum assets but not declared their PAN card details are Kunwar Sarvesh Kumar of BJP contesting from Thakurdwara constituency has the highest assets with worth Rs. 4.34 Crores followed by Naseer Ahmed Khan of SP from Muradnagar with assets of Rs. 3.48 crores and Rafatulla of BJP from Sambhal with Rs. 2.55 crores respectively.