Maharashtra goes to polls on Wednesday where 4,119 candidates – many with criminal charges – are in the fray.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi got into a controversy recently by campaigning for Shivaji Kardile, the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Rahori City who has dozens of criminal charges against him. Ironically, Modi while campaigning for Kardile asked voters to shun politicians with criminal background from Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
Modi has also shared the dais with Deepak Nikhalje, brother of dreaded gangster Chhota Rajan. The video of them sharing stage has been doing the rounds on social media.
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Political parties fielding candidates with criminal background is nothing new and Maharashtra is no exception.
The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has analysed the affidavits of 2,336 candidates (out of 4,119) contesting the upcoming state elections.
Even though the report is only half complete, it covers all the 1,318 candidates from major parties - Congress, BJP, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, Shiv Sena and NCP.
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