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According to the election reforms advocacy group ADR, 25 per cent of the candidates for the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections have criminal cases, of which 12 are charged with crimes against women and six are charged with murder.

The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said it has analyzed the self-affidavits of 615 candidates of political parties and independent candidates from 58 assembly seats in 11 districts of the state. Elections to these seats are to be held on February 10. The ADR said a total of 623 candidates are in the fray and the affidavits of eight of them could not be analyzed as they were not scanned or were incomplete.

On the criminal antecedents of the candidates, the ADR said, “Out of 615 candidates analysed, 156 (25 per cent) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves, while 121 (20 per cent) have declared serious criminal cases against themselves. ”

The ADR said that among major parties, Samajwadi Party (SP) out of 28 candidates, 21 (75 per cent), Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) 17 (59 per cent) out of 29 candidates, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 57 candidates. 29 (51 per cent) out of 58 candidates from Congress, 21 (36 per cent) out of 56 candidates from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), 19 (34 per cent) out of 52 candidates of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and eight (15 per cent). Percentage) have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

The ADR said that among the major parties, 17 (61 per cent) out of 28 candidates from SP, 15 (52 per cent) out of 29 candidates from RLD, 22 (39 per cent) out of 57 candidates from BJP, 58 candidates from Congress 11 (19 per cent), 16 (29 per cent) out of 56 BSP candidates and five (10 per cent) out of 52 AAP candidates have declared “serious criminal cases” against themselves.

According to the group, there are also 12 candidates who have declared cases related to “offences against women” and one of them has declared cases related to rape (Section 376 of IPC).

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