India’s Third Phase Vote Today
Out of 1594 candidates, 570 declare criminal cases
NEW DELHI, Apr 22: Voting in 115 constituencies across 15 states will be held on Tuesday in Phase 3 of the Lok Sabha elections. Of total candidates this time, as many as 316 are from national parties; 76 from state parties; 496 from registered unrecognised parties; and 724 independents. A total of 392 candidates are crorepatis, with around 10 per cent (around 160) having assets above Rs 5 crore. All parliamentary constituencies in Goa (2), Gujarat (26), Kerala (20), Dadra and Nagar Haveli (1) and Daman and Diu (1) will go for polling in the third phase.
West Bengal constituencies which go to polls today are Balurghat, Malda North, Malda South, Jangipur and Murshidabad. All the five seats will see a four-cornered contest between the Trinamool Congress (TMC), the BJP, the Congress and the Left Front.
The Election Commission on Monday transferred seven police officers in West Bengal. So far, the Commission has transferred nearly 12 police officers, including Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma and replaced him by Dr Rajesh Kumar.
A whopping 570 candidates out of a 1594, who are contesting in the phase-III of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, have declared criminal cases against them, according to the report released by the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) on Friday.
Out of these 570, 340 have declared criminal cases and 230 candidates have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.
ADR along with the National Election Watch have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 1594 out of 1612 candidates, who are contesting in the Lok Sabha Phase III. -HT