Assam Polls: 41 Candidates in Phase-I has Criminal Records including Rape & Murder
GUWAHATI: At least 41 candidates who would be fighting the first phase of the Assam assembly election later this month were being accused of various criminal cases including serious offences like rape & murder. The first phase of the state poll will be on March 27.
In a report released by Assam Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) on Wednesday, it said that out of 259 candidates analyzed, 41 (16%) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves.
Out of the total of 264 candidates contesting in the first phase, Assam Election Watch and ADR have not analysed five candidates as their affidavits were either badly scanned or complete affidavits were not uploaded on the Election Commission of India (ECI) website.
“At least five candidates have declared cases related to crime against women. Out of them one candidate has declared cases related to rape (IPC Section-376). Two candidates have declared cases related to murder (IPC Section-302) against themselves,” the report said.
While Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP)’s Tezpur candidate Janmoni Borah in his affidavit submitted before the ECI has declared having rape charges against him, BJP’s Sivasagar candidate Kushal Dowari and Congress’ Gohpur candidate and state president Ripun Bora declared to have murder charges against them.
“Among the major parties, 9 (21%)out of 43 candidates analysed from Congress, 6(15%) out of 41 candidates analysed from AJP,3 (8%) out of 39 candidates analysed from BJP and one candidate each from NCP, AGP and SUCI(C)have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits,” the ADR report added.
The Assam Election Watch has also labeled three (6%) out of 47 constituencies as ‘Red alert’ constituencies. Red alert constituencies are those where 3 or more contesting candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves.
The Red Alert constituencies were Bokakhat, Margherita and Behali. In the Bokakhat constituency, a maximum of five candidates with criminal records will be contesting.
Amongst all the candidates analysed, peasant leader Akhil Gogoi who is fighting as an independent candidate from Sivasagar has the highest 52 cases against him.