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'Criminal cases against 16% candidates since 2004'

LUCKNOW: Out of the entire three,303 candidates who contested Lok Sabha elections from Uttar Pradesh since 2004, as many as 16% had legal instances registered against them.

And what makes it alarming is the fact that 12% had critical legal instances against them, reveals a report through Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) analysing Lok Sabha elections between 2004 and 2014 in UP.

Samajwadi Party tops the listing of candidates having legal instances, adopted through Bahujan Samaj Party and Bharatiya Janata Party.

The report released on Friday reveals that Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajawadi Party tops the listing with 44% of its 212 candidates having legal instances lodged against them.

SP is adopted through its now alliance partner, Mayawati-led BSP with its 38% candidates facing legal instances. BJP with 30% of its candidates facing legal charges ranked third in the listing.

The report additional mentioned that 34% SP candidates had critical legal offences against them, while BSP and BJP had 28% and 23% candidates, respectively, facing critical charges.

Among the elected MPs facing legal charges, BJP and BSP had 38% participants facing legal charges while 21 (33%) out of 63 Samajwadi Party MPs face legal charges.

Congress had 28% of its elected MPs facing legal charges all through the duration.

In its monetary background analysis, the ADR report states that of the entire three,303 candidates, as many as 725 or 22% of the entire had been crorepatis.

Among those elected, 62% had been crorepatis.

Amongst political parties, 59% of BSP, SP and Congress candidates contesting between 2004 and 2014, had been crorepatis, while BJP adopted shut with 57%.

BJP, however, tops the chart with 78% of its MPs being crorepatis, adopted through 48% from SP and 44% from BSP.

As in keeping with the report, the common assets’ worth of 3,303 candidates was over Rs 2 crores.

ADR also carried out a survey of two lakh citizens in UP and found that higher employment alternatives, health care and regulation and order situation had been their most sensible priorities.

In rural Uttar Pradesh, most sensible priorities had been agriculture mortgage availability, electrical energy and more employment alternatives.

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