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New Delhi: About one-third of the candidates for the second-phase of the Bihar assembly polls have declared their criminal cases, with the BJP, JD-U and RJD fielding the maximum number of such candidates, the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said on Friday.

There are 456 candidates in the fray in the second phase of the Bihar polls. Polling for 32 seats in the second phase will be held on October 16.

Twenty four percent candidates have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to murder, attempt to murder, communal disharmony, kidnapping and crimes against women, the ADR said in a statement.

While 11 candidates have declared cases related to murder, 36 face attempt to murder cases.

The statement said that 106 (23 percent) of 456 candidates are “crorepatis (millionaires)” with the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) having them in the largest proportion.

The average of assets per candidate contesting in the second phase of Bihar assembly elections is Rs 1.18 crores.

The ADR and Bihar Election Watch analysed the self-sworn affidavits of all 456 candidates in the fray in the second phase, the statement added.

“Out of all the 456 candidates, 142 (31 percent) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves. 110 (24 percent) candidates have declared serious criminal cases,” the release said.

It said Ramendra Ram of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has declared two charges related to murder while rest of the candidates face one charge each.

The statement said two candidates of Garib Janata (Secular) and one each of Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation (CPI-ML (L)), Rashtriya Lok Samata Party, RJD and five Independent candidates have declared a case related to murder in their affidavits.

Giving details of 36 candidates who have declared cases of attempt to murder, the release said CPI (ML)(L) candidate Munna Ram contesting from Mohania faces four charges, Ramendra Ram of the Bahujan Samaj Party from Chenari (SC) constituency and Prabhat Kumar Ranjan of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) from Ghosi constituency have declared three charges.

The CPI (ML)(L) has fielded four candidates with charges related to attempt to murder and BSP has fielded three. Twelve independent candidates have each declared charges related to attempt to murder.

The release said six candidates have declared cases related to crimes against women, two about causing communal disharmony and four related to robbery and dacoity.

The release said five candidates have declared cases related to kidnapping and three candidates offence related to kidnapping for ransom.

“Eleven (69 percent) out of 16 candidates from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), nine (69 percent) out of 13 candidates fielded by Janata Dal-United, nine (69 percent) out of 13 candidates of Rashtriya Janata Dal have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits,” the release said.

Referring to candidates with serious criminal cases, the release said that six (38 percent) out of 16 candidates from BJP, five (38 percent) out of 13 candidates fielded by JD-U, nine (69 percent) out of 13 candidates of RJD and 31 (21 percent) out of 146 Independent candidates were among those who have declared serious criminal cases.

It said 23 constituencies in the second phase of Bihar assembly elections have three or more candidates with declared criminal cases.

“Aurangabad constituency with nine candidates has the highest number of candidates who have self-declared criminal cases,” it said.

The release said nine of 16 (56 percent) fielded by BJP, 10 (77 percent) out of 13 candidates from JD(U), 8 out of 13 (62 percent) candidates from the RJD, eight out of 19 candidates (42 percent) fielded by SP, three out of 6 candidates (50 percent) of Congress and four out of 13 (31 percent) candidates of the CPI were among those having declared assets worth more than Rs.1 crore.

Average assets, it said, per candidate for 16 BJP candidates was Rs 4.19 crores, 32 BSP candidates have average assets of Rs 2.78 crores, 13 JD-U candidates have average assets worth of Rs 1.65 crores, six Congress candidates have average assets worth Rs 1.44 crores and 13 RJD candidates have average assets worth of Rs 1.89 crores.

 

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Karnataka Polls: BJP On The Way to Win, Congress May Get Hard Defeat

Any party or grouping will need 113 of the total 224 seats to secure a majority in the Assembly. Polling did not take place in two constituencies on Saturday.

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A state of 60 million people, Karnataka is home to the Information Technology hub of Benguluru and was ruled by the BJP once before.
Congress may have to taste defeat in Karnataka, VOA

The BJP was on Tuesday set to return to power in its southern bastion Karnataka as its candidates crossed the half-way mark in vote count, stunning and ousting the ruling Congress and leaving the JD-S at the third spot.

Noisy celebrations broke out in party offices in Bengaluru, New Delhi and across Karnataka as Bharatiya Janata Party nominees were on the victory lap in 118 of the 222 constituencies which voted on Saturday.

This was a dramatic jump from the 40 seats the BJP won five years ago.

The Congress, desperate to retain power in the state amid shrinking appeal nationally, suffered major blows and was ahead only in 62 seats, with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah trailing in both the constituencies he contested: Badami and Chamundeshwari.

The Congress leader was way behind G.T Deve Gowda of the Janata Dal-Secular in Chamundeshwari, Election Commission officials said. And after leading initially, Siddaramaiah fell behind B.R. Sriramulu of the BJP in Badami.

In contrast, the BJP’s Chief Ministerial face B.S. Yeddyurappa was ahead of his Congress rival by more than 11,000 votes in Shikaripura.

Energy Minister and Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar said that the numbers indicated that his party was on the way out after five years in power.

Any party or grouping will need 113 of the total 224 seats to secure a majority in the Assembly. Polling did not take place in two constituencies on Saturday.

The BJP was overjoyed. “We are in a jubilant mood because we have crossed the half-way mark. We are confident of winning,” spokesman S. Shantharam told IANS.

BJP activists and leaders celebrated noisily in both Bengaluru and New Delhi, waving party flags and shouting slogans hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi, their main vote-getter, and party President Amit Shah.

There were also celebrations outside the residence of Yeddyurappa, who has been Chief Minister earlier too.

Of the 2,654 candidates in the fray for the May 12 Karnataka Assembly elections, at least 883 are crorepatis and 645 have criminal cases against them, said two watchdogs after analysing their affidavits filed with the Election Commission (EC).
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The Janata Dal-Secular of former Prime Minister H.D. Dewe Gowda, which has been expected to play the role of a kingmaker in the event of a hung Assembly, was leading in 40 seats — the same number it won five years ago.

As the vote count progressed, BJP leaders became assertive, saying they were confident of taking power again in Karnataka while Congress leaders began to speak about the possibility of an alliance with the JD-S.

BJP leader and Union Minister Sadanand Gowda said that there was no question of any alliance.
Union minister Prakash Javadekar, who is in charge of Karnataka, met BJP President Amit Shah in New Delhi.

Analysts said the BJP was leading in Lingayat dominated seats and the JD-S in Vokkaliga dominated areas.

Expectations of a BJP victory in Karnataka lifted the key Indian equity indices during the mid-morning trade session on Tuesday.

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According to market observers, broadly subdued Asian indices and disappointing macro-economic inflation data points released on Monday capped some gains.

Sector-wise, healthy buying was witnessed in banking, capital goods, metals, consumer durables and automobile stocks.

The Sensex has so far touched a high of 35,993.53 points and a low of 35,498.83 points during the intra-day trade. (IANS)