As Uttar Pradesh moves towards the fourth phase of assembly elections, a report released by ADR (Association for Democratic Reform) has revealed that 129 of 621 candidates (21%) have serious criminal cases like murder and rape. Based on an analysis of poll affidavits, the ADR report found that 167 (27%) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves.
As per the report, Congress has fielded a maximum number of candidates with a criminal background, 31 out of 58 candidates have criminal cases registered against them. The Samajwadi Party comes in second place with 22 of 55 candidates. The BSP and BJP have 26 and 23 candidates respectively. 11 candidates contesting from AAP also have criminal cases against them.
The ADR report also showed that 231 candidates out of 621 are worth crores of rupees. The average of assets per candidate contesting in the UP Assembly Elections 2022 fourth phase is 2.46 Crore INR. The average assets per candidate for 57 BJP candidates analyzed is 7.57 Crore INR, 57 SP candidates analyzed is 5.65 Crore INR, 58 INC candidates have average assets of 3.33 Crore INR, 59 BSP candidates have average assets of Rs 4.71 Crores, and 45 AAP candidates have average assets worth 2.08 Crore INR.
While AAP candidate Rajiv Bakshi, who is contesting from Lucknow, has declared the highest assets worth 56.6 Crore INR, and AAP candidate Vijay Kumar, who is contesting from Khaga has declared zero assets in his self-sworn affidavit.
29 constituencies out of 59 are going into polls in the fourth phase on 23rd February are noted as red alert constituencies. These are constituencies where three or more contesting candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves.