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Criminal cases against 128 PMC candidates
Sakal Times | Friday, 17 February 2017 AT 12:35 AM IST
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Pune: An analysis by two NGOs found that 17 per cent of the candidates contesting the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) elections have criminal cases filed against them.

The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and the Maharashtra Election Watch have analysed self-sworn affidavits of 767 of the 1,090 candidates in the fray. The findings suggest that out of the 767 candidates analysed, 128 candidates or 17 per cent have declared criminal cases against them.

Among the parties, which have fielded candidates having criminal records, the NCP tops the chart, it is closely followed by the Shiv Sena and the BJP. One of the oldest parties in India, the Congress, is not very far away either.

The NCP has 25 out of 92 (27 per cent), the Shiv Sena has 24 out of 95 (25 per cent), the BJP has 22 out of 106 (21 per cent), the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has 12 out 82 (15 per cent), the Congress has 11 out 56 (20 per cent), the Bahujan Samaj Party had 4 out of 41 (10 per cent) and the All India Majlise Ittehadul Muslmeen (AIMIM) has 3 out 17 (18 per cent) candidates with declared criminal cases.

Interestingly, out of these 128 candidates, who have declared their criminal records, 93 candidates have serious criminal cases against them, which is 12 per cent of total candidates analysed for this survey.

The serious criminal cases include murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, robbery and extortions. The SS has the highest number of candidates (20) having serious criminal cases, followed by the NCP (15), the BJP (14), the MNS (9), the Congress (6), the BSP (4), and the MIM (1). A serious criminal case means an offence, for which the maximum punishment of five years or more is announced. It also means that the offence is non-bailable or it is an electoral offence (for eg IPC 171E or bribery). The rest of the affidavits were not analysed, as they were not available or uploaded on the website.


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