ADR published consolidated report of 4 phase polls in Odisha; 59% BJP, 46% Congress, 40% BJD candidates have criminal cases

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Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) on Sunday published the consolidated report of four phase polls in the state.

The combined report is an analysis of self-sworn affidavits of 1121 out of 1137 candidates who are contesting in the Odisha Assembly Election 2019.

ADR Election Watch report says Basing on the affidavit of 1,121 candidates in fray for Odisha Assembly Elections2019, 332 candidates have criminal cases pending against them- murder & kidnapping cases against 257, murder case against 9.

Candidates with Criminal Cases: 332 (30%) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves. Out of 1420 candidates analysed during Odisha Assembly elections in 2014, 333 (23%) candidates had declared criminal cases against themselves. Out of 1261 candidates analysed during Odisha Assembly elections in 2009, 292(23%) candidates had declared criminal cases against themselves.

Candidates with Serious Criminal Cases: 257 (23%) candidates have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to rape, murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, crimes against women etc.

Party wise Candidates with Criminal Cases: 58 (40%) out of 146 candidates from BJD, 86 (59%) out of 145 candidates from BJP, 64 (46%) out of 139 candidates from INC (Indian National Congress), 12(11%) out of 106 candidates fielded by BSP and 67 (23%) out of 298 Independent candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

Party wise Candidates with Serious Criminal Cases: 40 (27%) out of 146 candidates from BJD, 67 (46%) out of 145 candidates from BJP, 48 (35%) out of 139 candidates from INC, 11(10%) out of 106 candidates fielded by BSP and 55 (19%) out of 298 Independent candidates have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

Education details of candidates: 472 (42%) candidates have declared their educational qualification to be between 5th pass and 12th pass, while 598 (53%) candidates have declared having an educational qualification of graduate and above. 8 candidates have declared themselves to be just literate

Gender details of candidates: Only 112 (10%) women are contesting in the Odisha 2019 Assembly Election. In 2014, 117(8%) women candidates contested the elections.

Crorepati Candidates: 304 (27%) are crorepatis. Out of 1420 candidates analysed during Odisha 2014 assembly elections, 244 (17%) candidates were crorepatis. Out of 1261 candidates analysed during Odisha 2009 assembly elections, 94 (7%) candidates were crorepatis.

Party wise Crorepati Candidates: 97 (66%) out of 146 fielded by BJD, 75 (52%) out of 145 candidates from BJP, 73 (53%) out of 139 candidates from INC, 5 (5%) out of 106 candidates from BSP, 4 (27%) out of 15 candidates fielded by AAP, and 41 (14%) out of 298 Independent candidates have declared

Congress candidate from Baramba Bobby Mohanty richest among candidates contesting Odisha Assembly Elections2019 with Rs 106 cr assets; Odisha CM Naveen second with Rs 63 cr while OPCC chief Niranjan Patnaik third with Rs 60 cr

97 BJD candidates (66%) contesting #OdishaAssemblyElections are crorepatis while BJP and Congress have 75 (52%) & 73 (53%) crorepati candidates, respectively

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