Criminals and crorepatis in sixth phase of UP poll
As the state prepares for sixth phase of polling in the assembly elections, there is sustained increase in numbers of criminals joining electoral battle.lucknow Updated: Apr 28, 2007 17:16 IST
As the state prepares for sixth phase of polling in the assembly elections on May 3, there is sustained increase in numbers of criminals joining electoral battle. Of the total 5138 candidates up to sixth phase 720 are facing criminal charges, says UP Election Watch report released here on Saturday.
The convenor UPEW and former DGP IC Dwevidi said on Saturday “out of total 785 nominees there were 138 criminal candidates in 6th phase”.
Dwevidi said while Samajwadi Party was ahead in fielding 19 such candidates, BSP (16), Congress (14) and BJP (12), closely followed the ruling party. Dwevidi said “combined percentage for all sixth phases also indicated SP (35), BSP (32), BJP (28) and Congress (22)”. The UPEW said “in the last assembly election there were 506 contestants with criminal records and 206 had won”.
Expressing concern over the trend, the ex-DGP said “6th phase has high number of candidates with pending criminal cases”.
While in the last five phases the criminal candidates’ percentage was 10 it suddenly shot up to 17.58. Of the total 25 candidates in Soraon (Allahabad) 11 have criminal records.
Other “red alert” constituencies with more than four such nominees are Allahabad West, Mughal Sarai, Varanasi Cantt, Varanasi South, Varanasi North, Majhwa, Gyanpur, Dildarnagar and Bara. Dwevidi said this phase “ also signifies the increase in the number of younger candidates with criminal cases”.
Top ten candidates with pending criminal cases are: Shushil Kumar, BSP (25), Chotelal Vishwakarma, RLD, (24), Sujeet Kumar
Singh, Suhaildeo BSP (17), Rajesh Yadav, Ind, (15), Dinesh Pal, RLD, (11), Vijay Kumar, SP, (11), Khalid Azim alias Ashraf, SP, (8), Shashikant Rajbhar, BJP, (6), Gulab Chand, Congress (6) and Arjun, Cong, (6).
He said “of the total 47 millionaires BSP has 13, SP- 9, Congress- 8 and BJP- 6”. Similarly, among the top ten “crorepatis” BSP and SP have three each, Congress two, Rashtriya Janata Dal and independent one each. Prominent “crorepatis” are Nand Gopal Gupta, BSP, (Rs 15.33 crore), Ramchandra Maurya, BSP (Rs 11.90 crore), Vijay Kumar, SP, (Rs 6.53 crore) and Jamonotri Gupta, SP (Rs 4.56 crore). There are 13 nominees with no assets. While 559 candidates have no PAN, 13 with high liabilities and seven millionaires are also PAN-less.