23% candidates in UP polls 2nd phase have criminal background:Hema Malani richest

23% candidates in UP polls 2nd phase have criminal background:Hema Malani richest

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Lucknow, Apr 14 : All candidates of prominent political parties contesting in the second phase of Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh are crorepatis just like first phase while twenty three per cent contestants have admitted having criminal cases against them.
Bollywood star Hema Malani is the richest candidate in the second phase among the 85 candidates in the fray for eight Lok Sabha seats going to polls on April 18.

According to the disclosure made by ADR and UP Election Watch here on Sunday, of the total 85 candidates, the investigation of the 83 candidates, shows that 19 candidates or 23 per cent have admitted criminal cases against them including 14 candidates or 17 per cent have shown heinous criminal cases against them.

On the assessment of party wise criminal candidate, BJP is leading with 38 per cent, BSP with 33 and Congress with 25 per cent.

However, in comparison to the first phase, the percentage of candidates have heinous crimes against them has decreased by one per cent. Besides, the participation of women candidates have also increased by one per cent in this phase.

The report released by UP Election Watch head Sanjay Singh said here 41 per cent of the candidates are crorepatis in which all the candidates of BJP, Congress, BSP, SP, AAP, Lok Dal, Bharatiya Anarakshit Paty, Ambedkar Samaj Party and Rashritya Samaj Raksha are crorepatis.

Bollywood star and BJP candidate from Mathura Hema Malani tops the list of the crorepatis with assets of Rs 250 crore followed by BJP's Amroha candidate Kanwar Singh Tanwar with Rs 182 crore and Congress candidate from Mathura Mahesh Pathak third with Rs 35 crores. The average asset of the BJP candidates is Rs 59 crores, that of Congress is Rs 10 crores and BSP is Rs nine crores.The poorest candidate is Abmedkari Hasnuram, an independent from Agra seat , who just has Rs 1200 .

On the education front, 37 per cent of the candidates are between class fifth and twelfth passed while 47 per cent are graduate or above. Seven have shown they are literate while five did not mention anything about their education.

The report said 60 per cent of the candidates are in the age group of 25 to 50 years and 40 per cent between 51 yrs and 80 years.