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Sakal Times | Friday, 17 February 2017 AT 11:44 PM IST
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Pune: An analysis by two NGOs has revealed that 12 per cent (63) of the candidates contesting the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) elections have criminal cases filed against them. Interestingly, all major parties have fielded such candidates in the civic polls.

The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and the Maharashtra Election Watch have analysed self-sworn affidavits of 541 of the 774 candidates in the fray. The findings suggest that out of the 541 candidates analysed, 63 candidates or 12 per cent have declared criminal cases against them.

Among the parties, which have fielded such candidates, the BJP tops the chart. It is closely followed by NCP and Shiv Sena. Congress and MNS are no exceptions, and have fielded two and one such candidates, respectively.

BJP has 14 (19 per cent) out of 74, NCP has 12 (17 per cent) out of 70, Shiv Sena has 8 (13 per cent) out of 60, Congress has 2 (5 per cent) out of 39 candidates with criminal backgrounds. Similarly, 1 (4 per cent ) out of 23 candidates from MNS has declared criminal cases.

This list includes candidates facing serious criminal cases, such as murder, attempt to murder, criminal intimidation, voluntarily causing grievous hurt by weapons.

Among the candidates facing serious charges, BJP has the highest number of candidates. Eight candidates from BJP have serious criminal cases, followed by NCP (6), Shiv Sena (6), Congress (1) and the MNS (1).

According to the NGOs, only 541 affidavits were analysed, as the remaining were not uploaded on the website or were not available.


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