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Odisha 1st phase polls: 90 candidates facing criminal cases, 49 crorepaties in fray

7/04/2019 at 7:52 PM

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 189 out of 191 candidates, who are contesting in the Odisha Assembly Elections in Phase I.

Out of 189 candidates analyzed, 55 (29%) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves.

As many as 35(19%) have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

Among the major parties, 11(39%) out of 28 candidates analysed from BJP, 16(59%) out of 27 candidates analysed from Congress, 9 (32%) out of 28 candidates analysed from BJD, and 2 (9%) out of 22 candidates analysed from BSP have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

Among the major parties, 8(29%) out of 28 candidates analysed from BJP, 10(37%) out of 27 candidates analysed from Congress, 6 (21%) out of 28 candidates analysed from BJD, and 1(5%) out of 22 candidates analysed from BSP have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

There are 9 constituencies in the Odisha assembly elections in Phase I , having 3 or more candidates with declared criminal cases.

Out of the 189 candidates, 49(26%) are crorepatis. Among the major parties 11(39%) out of 28 candidates analysed from BJP, 14(52%) out of 27 candidates analysed from Congress, 17(61%) out of 28 candidates analysed from BJD, and 2(9%) out of 22 candidates from BSP have declared assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore.

Party wise average assets: Among major parties, the average assets per candidate for 28 BJD candidates analysed is Rs. 2.58 crores, 27 INC candidates analysed is Rs 1.95 crores, 28 BJP candidates have average assets of Rs 2.06 crores and ,22 BSP candidates have average assets worth Rs. 44.81 lakhs.

There are two candidates who have declared zero assets.As many as 16(9%) female candidates are contesting in the Odisha assembly election Phase I.

Similarly,  101 (53%) candidates have declared their educational qualification to be between 5th and 12th, while 82 (43%) candidates have declared having an educational qualification of graduate or above. 1 candidate has declared to be just literate and 1 candidate has not given his educational qualification details.

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