Seven candidates with criminal cases in 2nd phase of R'than polls

Seven candidates with criminal cases in 2nd phase of R'than polls

Seven of the 81 candidates contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Rajasthan’s five constituencies have declared criminal cases against themselves, in affidavits submitted to the election department.

One candidate each from Aam Aadmi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, National People’s Party and Bahujan Mukti Party, and three Independents have criminal cases against them, according to a report by Rajasthan Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms.

Voting in the five parliamentary constituencies – Dausa, Tonk-Sawaimadhopur, Alwar, Karauli-Dholpur and Bharatpur – is on April 24.

Candidates who have declared serious criminal cases are independent candidate from Tonk-Sawaimadhopur Makkhan, BSP candidate from Dausa seat Chandulal Meena and AAP candidate from Bharatpur Gopal Paharia and Bahujan Mukti Party candidate from Alwar Khoob Raj Neeraj.

“As many as 21 candidates in the five constituencies are crorepatis,” Kamal Tank, coordinator of the Rajasthan Election Watch, said Saturday.

Four candidates each from BJP, Congress and BSP, and one candidate from AAP have assets worth over Rs 1 crore.

The average worth of assets per candidate contesting in the second phase in Rajasthan is Rs 3.83 crore, he said.

As many as 12 candidates have declared assets of more than Rs 3 crore.

The top three candidates with the highest assets are BSP candidate from Dausa Chandu Lal Meena (above Rs 121 crore), BJP candidate from Tonk-Sawaimadhopur Sukhbir Singh Jaunpuria (above Rs 71 crore) and independent candidate from Dausa Shivpal Singh Gujjar (above Rs 25 crore), he said.

Out of 81 candidates, seven candidates have declared assets less than Rs 1 lakh.

Lowest assets

Candidates with lowest assets include independent candidate from Alwar Ramesh Ranaval with assets worth Rs 16,000.

A total of 319 candidates are fighting the Lok Sabha elections in both phases of polling in the state’s 25 seats.

Polling in the first phase for 20 seats took place on April 17 and the remaining five are going to the poll on April 24.