Lucknow, Apr 7 : Eighteen percent of the candidates contesting in the first phase of polls in eight seats in west Uttar Pradesh have declared heinous criminal cases lodged against them.
Similarly 41 percent of the total 96 candidates in the fray for phase one are crorepatis with BSP's Mulak Nagar has declared the highest assets of Rs 249 crore. The disclosure was made by a survey of the ADR and UP Election Watch, which was released to the media here on Sunday.
ADR studies affidavits of all the 96 candidates in the fray for the first phase of polls in UP, in which 24 candidates have declared criminal case against them and 17 admitted of heinous crime. Of the 96 candidates, 39 are crorepatis and surprisingly all the candidates of BJP, Congress and BSP are crorepatis. The average assets of the candidates comes to around Rs 5.56 crore.
The richest candidate Mulak Nagar contesting from Bijnore seat was among the 40 candidates, who have shown taken loan. Mulak has around Rs 20.48 crore loan against him. In education, 39 candidates have shown that they are between 8 and 12 standard pass while 45 have shown that they are graduate or above. Two candidates have shown that they are illiterate and 4 say they are literate.
Three candidates did not give their PAN number while 56 candidates are between the age group of 25 to 50 years and 39 are between 51 to 80 years. One candidate did not even disclose his age. The first phase of polls in 8 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh will be held on April 11. The seats are Saharanpur, Kairana, Muzaffarnagar, Bijnore, Meerut, Baghpat, Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddha Nagar. (UNI)