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Criminal cases are pending against 65 of the 243 candidates left in the fray for the first phase of assembly elections in Odisha, according to a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).

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

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

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

Of the 243 candidates, including 32 women, 70 (29 per cent) are crorepatis.

The report said 13 candidates have assets worth more than Rs 5 crore, while 25 others have declared assets worth Rs 2 crore to Rs 5 crore.With net worth of Rs 33.36 crore, BJD candidate from Digapahandi assembly constituency in Ganjam district Biplab Patro is the richest person in the first phase of elections.

BJD candidate from Gopalpur Assembly seat Bikram Kumar Panda and BJP candidate from Dharamgarh Sudhir Ranjan Pattajoshi are the second and third richest candidates in the race.

Panda has assets worth Rs 15.94 crore, while Patjoshi has assets worth Rs 12 crore.

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

Giving information about the educational qualification of the candidates, the ADR report said that 132 (54 per cent) candidates have declared their educational qualification to be between 5th and 12th class, while 100 (41 per cent) candidates have graduation or above. Have above educational qualification.Besides this, seven candidates are diploma holders and four others are literates.

A total of 26 candidates in the race have declared their age between 61 to 80 years and 73 candidates have declared their age between 25 to 40 years, while 144 candidates are in the age group of 41 to 60 years.

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