A total of 38 per cent of the candidates contesting t Kerala Assembly Elections have criminal cases against them according to a fact finding report by Kerala Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). The organisation analysed the affidavits of all the candidates that are going to contest the state legislative assembly elections.
In Kerala, the ADR analysed the self sworn affidavits of 928 out of 957 candidates from 140 constituencies. The reports states that out of the total analysed affidavits almost 355 candidates have criminal cases against them which accounts for 38 per cent.
This is a 10 per cent increase from the 2016 legislative assembly elections. Meanwhile, 167 candidates have serious criminal charges against them such as attempt to murder, dacoity, robbery, commit culpable homicide, criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty.
Major parties top breeding ground for criminals
The three major parties in the fray is Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), CPI (M) account for the majority of the candidates with criminal cases against them.
Here’s a list of candidates with criminal records in different political parties:
|Party||Total Candidates||No. of candidates with criminal cases against them||% of candidates with criminal cases against them|
|Bharatiya Janata Party||76||107||71|
|Kerala Congress (M)||12||4||33|
Meanwhile when it comes to serious criminal cases, it is the Indian National Congress which is again at the top with 54 per cent of the analysed candidates having serious criminal cases against them followed the BJP and CPI (M) with 26 per cent and 24 per cent respectively.
|Criminals||Number of politicians|
|Crimes against Women cases||16 (1 related to Section 375 ie Rape)|
|Attempt to Murder cases||16|
The report also said that the Supreme Court has had no effects on the political parties as they continue to filed candidates with criminal records for the polls. The SC had instructed political parties to give a reason every time they elected a candidate with criminal history.
However, the report says that the parties have used ‘unfounded and baseless’ reasons to evade this order by stating that the cases are politically motivated, or the person is engaged in social work.
27 per cent candidates crorepatis
The report also found that a total of 249 out of 924 candidates are crorepatis. This is an 9 per cent increase from the 2016 Elections in which 202 out of 1125 candidates were crorepatis.
Here’s a list of crorepati candidates in different political parties:
|Party||Total Candidates||No. of crorepati candidates||% of crorepati candidates|
|Kerala Congress (M)||12||10||83|
Kerala will go to polls on April 6, 2021 with polling for all the seats taking place in a single phase. Results for the polls will be declared on May 2, 2021.