The Election Commission may have resolved to curb the use of black money during the upcoming Bihar assembly elections, but a recent report reveals that many candidates have failed to even disclose mandatory financial information.
A report by poll watchdog bodies Association of Democratic Reforms and Bihar Election Watch states that 365 (37.5%) out of the total 583 candidates in the first phase of elections have not yet declared their PAN details.
Nine of these defaulters have total assets worth more than `1 crore each.
The report claims 351 out of these 583 candidates (60%) have not yet declared their income-tax details.
According to the report, out of these 583 candidates, 146 (25%) are crorepatis. They include 19 out of 24 JD-U candidates, 18 out of 27 BJP candidates, 11 out of 17 RJD candidates, six out of 18 SP candidates, six out of eight Congress candidates, eight out of 13 LJP candidates, three out of 41 BSP candidates and 42 out of 192 Independent candidates.
Criminals among candidates?
The report says 174 of these 583 candidates (30%) have criminal antecedents, as per their poll affidavit declarations.
Out of these, 16 have been booked in crime cases related to murder.
Pradeep Kumar of the Janata Dal-United, who will be contesting from the Warsaliganj constituency, has been booked in four murder cases, while the rest of the 15 candidates have been booked in one murder case each.
Thirty-seven candidates have declared that they were booked in cases of attempt to murder, 11 have declared cases related to crimes against women and nine have declared cases related to kidnap.
Fourteen out of 27 BJP candidates, 11 out of 24 JD(U) candidates, eight out of 17 RJD candidates, six out of eight Congress candidates and eight out of 13 LJP candidates have declared criminal cases in their affidavits.
Fourteen out of 25 CPI candidates, eight out of 41 BSP candidates, nine out of 18 SP candidates, 8 out of 12 CPI-M candidates and 45 out of 192 Independent candidates also fall under this category.