UP ELECTIONS 2017 – up As many as 256 multi-millionaires and 107 persons with declared criminal cases against them, including charges of murder, are among the 721 candidates in the fray for the second phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.
According to election watchdog Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), of the 107 candidates with criminal cases, 84 face serious charges like murder, attempt to murder and kidnapping.
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) with 25 nominees tops the list of candidates with criminal antecedents followed by the Samajwadi Party with 21 and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 16.
Fifteen constituencies in the second phase have been declared as “Red Alert Constituencies” – the ones which have three or more candidates in fray with declared criminal cases.
The BSP also heads the list of “crorepati” (multi-millionaire) candidates, with 58 of its nominees possessing wealth in excess of Rs 1 crore. The BJP has 50 such nominees, while the ruling Samajwadi Party has fielded 45 multi-millionaires.
BSP’s Nawab Kazim Ali Khan, contesting from Suar constituency, is the richest of them all with declared assets in excess of Rs 97 crore. READ MORE