The polling day for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections is right around the corner (November 9). But even as the day draws closer, there is still a lot we don't know about the electoral candidates here.

A Himachal Pradesh Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), which analyses "the self-sworn affidavits of all candidates from the HimachalPradesh 2017 Assembly Elections" comes in handy for this purpose.

Here's all we know about the the criminal backgrounds, financial statuses, education, etc. of the candidates:


The ADR report shows that 61 out of the 338 candidates have declared that they have criminal cases against them, with 61 of them having 'serious criminal cases'.

Ram Kumar, an INC candidate contesting from Doon constituency, has a case related to murder against him.

Two candidates declared having cases related to attempt to murder against them.

Speaking party-wise, Indian National Congress has six candidates with criminal cases against them contesting at the Himachal Pradesh election, while the BJP has 23, the Bahujan Samaj Party has three, and the CPI(M) has 10.


Affidavits submitted by candidates reveal that 158 out of the 338 of them are crorepatis.

Some 55 candidates contesting at the Himachal Pradesh election have assets that value up to Rs 5 crore, while 55 others have assets that value between Rs 2 to Rs 5 crore.

The ADR report further shows that as many as 105 candidates here have assets worth Rs 50 lakhs to Rs 2 crores, 70 of them have assets worth Rs 10 lakhs to 50 lakhs, and 53 of them have assets less than Rs 10 lakhs.

All in all, 59 out of 68 INC candidates, 47 out of 68 from BJP, 6 out of 42 from BSP, 3 out of 14 from CPI (M), one CPI and 36 Independent candidates have declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore.

BJP candidate Balvir Singh Verma, from constituency Chopal, has declared the highest assets, with a total of over Rs 90 crore.


A total of 120 candidates contesting at the Himachal Pradesh election have educational qualification below Class 12 pass, while 214 of the total 338 candidates are graduate or above.

There is also one candidate who is illiterate, and one1 who has not submitted their educational details.

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