2019 Lok Sabha polls witness an increase in criminal and crorepati candidates

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India May 14, 2019, 10.29 AM(IST)

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The report released by the National Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) on Monday stated that out of the 7,928 candidates analysed in the current election, 2,297 were crorepatis.

The 2019 Lok Sabha election has seen an increase in the number of criminal and crorepati candidates.

The report released by the National Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) on Monday stated that out of the 7,928 candidates analysed in the current election, 2,297 were crorepatis.

The figure was 2,217 during the 2014 elections while 1,249 during the 2009 elections. Around 8,205 candidates were analysed during the 2014 elections while 7,810 candidates during the 2009 elections.

The ADR report also showed an increase in the number of criminal candidates fighting the 2019 elections.

Around 342 candidates with criminal cases are contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the National Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms said.

Out of the 7,928 candidates analysed for Lok Sabha 2019, 1,500 (19 per cent) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves, the ADR said.

Out of 8,205 candidates analysed during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, 1,404 (17 per cent) candidates had declared criminal cases against themselves, and out of 7,810 candidates analysed during the 2009 elections, 1158 (15 per cent) candidates had declared criminal cases against themselves, it stated.

The ADR claimed that as many as 1,070 (13 per cent) candidates contesting in the 2019 polls have declared serious criminal cases, including cases related to rape, murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, crimes against women. 

Out of 8.205 candidates analysed during the 2014 polls, 908 (11 per cent) candidates had declared serious criminal cases against themselves, and out of 7,810 candidates analysed during the 2009 elections, 608 (8 per cent) candidates had declared serious criminal cases against themselves. 

As many as "56 candidates have declared convicted cases against themselves," according to ADR.

While the Congress has fielded 47 more candidates with criminal cases in 2019 than in 2009, the BJP has named 59 more such candidates.

(With inputs from agencies)