Source: 
NDTV
https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/65-candidates-in-first-phase-phase-of-assembly-polls-in-odisha-have-criminal-cases-report-5602525
Author: 
PTI
Date: 
06.05.2024
City: 
Bhubaneswar

Out of 65 (27 per cent) candidates, who have declared criminal cases against themselves, 48 (20 per cent) are facing serious criminal charges, said the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) in its report released on Monday.

As many as 65 of 243 candidates remained in the fray for the first phase of assembly elections in Odisha have criminal cases pending against them, according to a report of the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).

In the first phase, voting for 28 assembly constituencies along with four Lok Sabha seats will be held on May 13.

Out of 65 (27 per cent) candidates, who have declared criminal cases against themselves, 48 (20 per cent) are facing serious criminal charges, said the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) in its report released on Monday.

Among the major parties,18 BJP candidates, 17 Congress, 9 BJD and 3 AAP have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

Out of the 243 candidates, including 32 females, 70 (29 per cent) are crorepatis.

While 13 candidates have assets worth more than ₹ 5 crore, 25 others have declared assets of ₹ 2 crore to ₹ 5 crore, the report said.

With a total wealth of ₹ 33.36 crore, Biplab Patro, BJD candidate for the Digapahandi assembly segment in Ganjam district is the richest person in the fray for the first phase poll.

BJD nominee for the Gopalpur assembly seat, Bikram Kumar Panda and BJP candidate for Dharamgarh, Sudhir Ranjan Pattjoshi are the second and third richest candidates in the race.

Mr Panda has assets worth ₹ 15.94 crore, while Pattjoshi owns properties worth ₹ 12 crore.

Independent candidate for Bhawanipatna, Ramesh Kumar Mahanand and BSP candidate for Rayagada, Purna Chandra Majhi have declared that they have zero assets.

Informing about the educational qualifications of the candidates, the ADR report said 132 (54 per cent) candidates have declared their educational qualifications to be between 5th and 12th standard while 100 (41 per cent) candidates have an educational qualification of graduate or above.

Besides, seven candidates are diploma holders and four others are literate.

Mr Panda has assets worth ₹ 15.94 crore, while Pattjoshi owns properties worth ₹ 12 crore.

Independent candidate for Bhawanipatna, Ramesh Kumar Mahanand and BSP candidate for Rayagada, Purna Chandra Majhi have declared that they have zero assets.

Informing about the educational qualifications of the candidates, the ADR report said 132 (54 per cent) candidates have declared their educational qualifications to be between 5th and 12th standard while 100 (41 per cent) candidates have an educational qualification of graduate or above.

Besides, seven candidates are diploma holders and four others are literate.

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