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Fifty-one per cent of AAP candidates, 25 per cent BJP nominees have declared serious criminal cases, says ADR

AAP convenor and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal during a roadshow in support of the party candidate Raghav Chaddha, ahead of Delhi polls, in New Delhi on January 29, 2020.

AAP convenor and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal during a roadshow in support of the party candidate Raghav Chaddha, ahead of Delhi polls, in New Delhi on January 29, 2020.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Twenty per cent of Congress candidates also have declared serious criminal cases against them, the ADR said.

Fifty-one per cent of AAP candidates and 25 per cent of BJP contestants in the fray for the February 8 Delhi assembly polls have declared serious criminal cases against them in their affidavits, according to the Association of Democratic Reforms.

Twenty per cent of Congress candidates also have declared serious criminal cases against them, the ADR said.

In the Delhi assembly polls, 672 candidates are in the fray, one less than in 2015.

The top three richest candidates are from the AAP. They are Dharampal Lakra from Mundka (₹292 crore), Parmila Tokas from R K Puram (Rs 80 crore) and Ram Singh Netaji from Badarpur (₹80 crore).

“Out of 672 candidates analysed, 133 (20 per cent) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves. In the 2015 Delhi assembly elections, out of 673 candidates analysed, 114 (17 per cent) had declared criminal cases against themselves,” the ADR said.

It said 32 candidates have declared cases related to crime against women. Out of 32 candidates, one candidate has declared cases related to rape. Four contestants have declared cases related to attempt to murder.

Eight have declared cases related to hate speech, the ADR said.

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The initial version of this PTI article had erred on the percentage of candidates from AAP, BJP, and INC facing serious criminal charges. The numbers in the article and in the headline have been corrected to reflect the correct data from ADR.

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