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Lok Sabha Election Phase I: 213 candidates named in criminal cases 

A total of 213 of 1266 candidates, contesting in Phase I of the 2019 Lok Sabha election, have declared criminal cases. That’s 17 per cent of the total candidates in the fray in Phase 1. The criminal cases included ones related to kidnapping, rape and murder, according to data compiled by NGO Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).

The data compiled is based on an analysis of self-sworn affidavits of 1266 of 1279 candidates by the National Election Watch and ADR.

Of the 1266, 146 candidates from across the political spectrum have declared serious cases against themselves. Twelve candidates have declared cases in which they have been convicted while 10 have declared cases of murder against them.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is fielding 83 candidates across the country in the Phase I of the Lok Sabha election 2019. Of the 83, 30 candidates are named in criminal cases; 16 have serious criminal cases against them.

Compared to the BJP, the Congress has fielded more candidates with a criminal past in Phase 1 of the Lok Sabha polls.

Here’s party-wise comparison of candidates with criminal cases and serious criminal cases
BJP (Out of 83 candidates) INC (Out of 83 candidates) BSP (Out of 32 candidates) YSRCP (Out of 25 candidates) TDP (Out of 25 candidates)
Criminal cases 30 (36%) 35 (42%) 8 (25%) 13 (52%) 4 (6%)
Serious criminal cases 16 (19%) 22 (27%) 4 (13%) 10 (40%) 2 (8%)

Total candidates with criminal background
Candidates with criminal cases 213 (17%) of 1266 total contesting candidates
Candidates with serious criminal cases 146 (12%)
Candidates with declared convicted cases 12 candidates
Candidates with cases related to murder 10 candidates
Candidates with cases of attempt to murder 25 candidates
Candidates with cases related to kidnapping 4 candidates
Candidates with cases related to crime against women (rape, assault etc) 16 candidates
Candidates with cases related to hate speech 12 candidates


In Phase I of the 2019 Lok Sabha election, 177 of 1266 candidates have declared assets worth Rs 5 crore or above.

Meanwhile, 69 of the Congress’s 83 candidates, 65 of the BJP’s 83 and 15 out of the BSP’s 32 have declared assets worth more than Rs one crore.

The average asset per candidate contesting in Phase 1 of the Lok Sabha 2019 election is Rs 6.63 crore.

Share of wealth among candidates:
Value of assets (Rs.) Number of candidates(%)
Rs 5 crore and above 177 (14%)
Rs 2 crore to Rs 5 crore 99 (8%)
Rs 50 lakh to Rs 2 crore 254 (20%)
Rs 10 lakh to Rs 50 lakh 320 (25%)
Less than Rs 10 lakh 416 (33%)

The average value of assets per candidate for the Congress’s 83 Phase 1 candidates is Rs 21.93 crore. For the 83 BJP candidates, the average per candidate is Rs 14.56 crore while the 32 BSP candidates have average assets of Rs 12.63 crore each. The 25 YSRCP candidates have average assets of Rs 62.94 crore per candidate.

A total of 690 candidates (55%) candidates have not declared income tax details and there are 23 candidates who have declared zero assets.

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