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    138 candidates have Criminal cases, 109 facing serious charges; Assam Election Watch

    At least, 13 (10%) constituencies are red constituencies in Assam where three or more contesting candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves.

    Guwahati: Out of the 946 candidates in fray for the 126-seat Assam Assembly, at last 138 (15%) have declared criminal cases against themselves, including 109 (12%) facing serious criminal charges, reports from Assam Election watch and Association for Democratic Reforms say.

    At least, 13 (10%) constituencies are red constituencies in Assam where three or more contesting candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves.

    “Out of 259 candidates analysed, 41 (16%) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves. Also, 34 (13%) have declared serious criminal cases against themselves, the ADR said in its report for phase one.

    Under the second phase, 39 constituencies are going for polls on April 1. The ADR analysed the affidavits of all the 345 candidates. It says 37 (11%) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves and 30 (9%) have declared serious criminal charges.

    At least 60 candidates in the third phase of Assam Assembly polls have declared criminal cases against themselves with 45 of these facing serious criminal charges. A total of 40 constituencies are going for polls on April 6 in the third phase of Assam polls. The Assam Election Watch and ADR have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of all 337 candidates. “Out of 337 candidates analysed, 60 (18%) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves,” the ADR said in its report.

    Further, of these 60, 45 (13 percent) candidates have declared serious criminal cases against themselves. Eight (20 percent) of the 40 constituencies are red alert constituencies. 

    Six candidates have declared cases related to crime against women. Three candidates have declared cases related to murder (IPC Section-302) against themselves and five candidates have declared cases related to attempt to murder (IPC Section-307) against themselves, the ADR said.

    The final phase of the assembly election will be held on April 6 and the results will be announced on May 2.

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