A total of 311 candidates with criminal cases, four related to murder, and 202 crorepatis are in the fray in the high-pitched election battle in Kerala, as per a latest poll survey. At 43, the Congress has the maximum number of crorepatis who will test their luck in Monday’s election, as per the report prepared by the Kerala Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).
“Of the 1,125 candidates, 202 are crorepatis: 43 from the Congress; 24 from CPM; 18 from the BJP; 18 from the Bharath Dharma Jana Sena (an NDA ally); 2 from AIADMK; 17 from IUML and 9 from the Kerala Congress (M). Around 30 Independent candidates have declared assets worth Rs 1 crore and above in their affidavits,” the survey stated. Seven candidates have declared ‘zero assets’. The average assets per candidate is Rs 1.28 crore. A total of 496 candidates have not declared their PAN details, while 834 have not declared income tax details.
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The group also found that 311 candidates had criminal cases against them. At 72, the CPM has the highest number of candidates with a ‘criminal’ background.
“Apart from the 72 CPM candidates, 42 from BJP, 37 from the Congress, 13 fielded by the Bharath Dharma Jana Sena, 15 from CPI, 6 from IUML, 25 from SDPI and 43 Independent candidates have criminal cases against themselves,” the survey said
Of these, 138 candidates have declared serious criminal cases including those related to murder, attempt to murder, rape, kidnapping and dacoity among others, the survey reported.
Around 11 candidates have declared charges related to crimes against women and one candidate, Shajahan S, an Independent from Parassala constituency has declared a charge related to rape.
At least 48 constituencies in Kerala have three or more candidates with declared criminal cases.
On education details, the survey said 669 have declared their education qualification to be between 5th pass and 12th pass, while 380 have declared having an educational qualification of graduation or above. 29 have declared themselves to be ‘simple literates’ and seven have declared themselves to be ‘illiterate’.
104 women will be contesting the Assembly elections in Kerala this year.