New Delhi: Surprise! The favourite Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) on the election poll on HImVani has 25 candidates out of 68 candidates it has fielded for elections with pending criminal cases against them. That means a huge 36.76 per cent. The figures have been made public by ‘Himachal Pradesh Election Watch’ (HPEW), a non-partisan civil society effort by a number of academicians, social activists, intellectuals, NGOs, youth, retired government officers and many concerned citizens.
ADR (Association for Democratic Reforms), Lok Kalyan Mandal, and more than 14 NGOs and social activists have collectively worked for HPEW to bring out the report.
Percentage wise, CPI/CPM comes high on the list with 40 per cent of its candidates (six out of 15) having pending criminal cases against them.
The Congress, of its 67 candidates has only five of its candidates with pending criminal cases. BSP too has the same figures. Of the total 336 candidates considered, a total number of 50 candidates have criminal cases pending against them. That means – of the total candidates that have criminal cases pending against them, 50 per cent of them are from the BJP.
The nature of criminal charges includes attempt to murder, kidnapping, theft, wrongful restraint/confinement, extortion, cheating/forgery and criminal intimidation, besides others.
The report has been made from data collected from the affidavits filed by the candidates along with their nomination papers, which HPEW has collated for better comprehension of the voter.
As far as education is concerned, the BJP has fielded 10 post-graduate candidates, 37 graduates, 16 matriculate, one non-matriculate and zero illiterate. In comparison, the Congress only has eight post-graduate candidates. However, they have the highest number of graduate candidates – 40. Of all the 14 parties (if you include independents as a separate party just for count sake) there is one independent illiterate candidate too in the fray.
Talking about reservation for women, of the total 336 candidates in the fray, 25 are women. All – BJP, Congress and BSP have fielded six women candidates respectively.
In all, 51 candidates have declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore. Congress leads the category with 27 of the 67 candidates (40%), followed by BJP 13 of its 68 (19%) and BSP with 5 of its 67 (7%) candidates having assets above Rs 1 crore.
Among the major political parties, average declared assets of Congress candidates is worth Rs 3.02 crore, the BJP’s average stands at 71.31 lakh, and BSP’s at 39.32 lakh.
In a separate online poll on HimVani, BJP, as on December 12, was leading with 26 of the total 38 votes clicked in its favour. Congress was way behind with a meagre six votes. But then these are online polls, while ground realities can be totally different.
It’s up to the voters now to decide whom to vote for and whom not to. Don’t go by gimmicks. Use your brains and vote judiciously. Also, PLEASE go out and VOTE. It’s your fundamental right and duty as well.
For the entire HPEW report, CLICK HERE .