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136 candidates with criminal background in Delhi fray

BJP has pipped the rival Congress in Delhi by fielding more candidates with criminal background, writes Shakti Sharma.

india Updated: Nov 24, 2003 22:31 IST
Shakti Sharma (HindustanTimes.com)
Shakti Sharma (HindustanTimes.com)

 PartyTotal candidates Criminal antecedents
BJP 70 25
Congress 70  23 
BSP 40  11
SP 39 07
NCP 33 07
Shiv Sena 26  04

When it comes to corruption or criminalisation of politics, the party with a difference- the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is really proving itself to be far ahead of its contemporaries. Struggling to keeps its foothold in Delhi, as most opinion surveys predict a Congress win in the capital, the BJP has at least pipped the rival Congress party by fielding more candidates with criminal background.

According to the list of candidates contesting the Delhi assembly elections of the 815 candidates 136 have been charged under various crimes.

The BJP tops the tally with 25 such candidates, followed by Congress with 23. Next on the list is the BSP with 11 candidates, and there is a stiff competition for the next spot with Samajwadi Party and Nationalist Congress Party each with seven candidates to their credit. Shiv Sena trails the field as it fielded only four such candidates. Among the Independents and other political parties category, 59 candidates with criminal records are in fray.

The offences committed by these aspiring MLAs cover virtually all types of crime, including cheating, theft, assault on public servants, kidnapping, attempt to murder, murder and even rape.

According to the list, which is in possession of the HindustanTimes.com, NCP candidate for Tri Nagar assembly seat Raj Kumar has simply outsmarted all his rivals in Delhi. He has about 17 heinous cases registered against him, that include murder and a case related to dowry harassment.

Another NCP candidate Anil Mittar is facing rape charges. Akhil Bhartiya Jan Sangh candidate from Hauz Khas Kamal Kishore and National Lok Tantrik Party candidate from Yamuna Vihar Mohd Fakruddin have also been accused in rape cases. Both are undergoing trial.

The list of 'distinguished personalities' from the BJP boasts of Tarjit Singh from Gandhi Nagar constituency. He is awaiting trial in three cases, all under the explosives and arms act.

Leading the BSP list is their Bhalswa constituency candidate Mahesh Chand who has six criminal cases, including two murder cases registered against him.

From the Congress party, Tarwinder Singh Marwah has 11 criminal cases pending against him. The special branch of the Delhi police, has compiled the list of candidates with criminal antecedents so as to identify the sensitive localities and take adequate precautions.

A senior police officer on condition of anonymity said," The list has been compiled in order to access the nature of crimes committed by these candidates so that precautionary measures could be taken well in advance."

First Published: Nov 24, 2003 16:51 IST