Bihar Elections : These candidates with criminal history may not be your choice to vote
Team PresentMirror | Updated: Oct. 26, 2020, 1:10 p.m.
Bihar Assembly elections are all set to begin in three phases. Like every time, the number of tainted candidates with criminal history pending against them in this election is quite high. According to the latest ADR report, candidates of all parties including RJD, JDU, INC and BJP have fielded candidates with criminal cases on them. A report on the dark side of the Bihar elections.
As per data available with Election Commission, 327 candidates out of 1,065 ( over 30 percent) in the first phase of elections, have criminal cases pending against them. A report filed by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 1064 out of 1066 candidates, who are contesting in the Bihar Assembly Elections Phase I and found that the Bihar Election has some dark truths to reveal.
The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) is at the top in giving tickets to the tainted candidates in the first phase. The RJD has fielded 41 candidates in the first phase, out of which 30 candidates are in fray for criminal history. Mokama MLA Anant Kumar Singh of RJD leads the list with highest number of cases.
Image File: List of candidates with Criminal cases pending against them
The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) is ranked next after RJD. The BJP has fielded 29 candidates in the first phase of which 21 (72 per cent) are tainted.
However these doesn’t rule out Janta Dal United (JDU) and Indian National Congress (INC), each having 43 and 57 percent of candidates with criminal history.
A look in to Top Tainters and alleged Criminals of all parties.
Anant Kumar Singh, also known as Don Chhote Sarkar, who leads the list has been given the ticket by RJD, representing Mokama constituency of Patna District. Anant Singh was lodged in Bihar’s Beur jail under an Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) case after AK-47 was recovered from his house last year. Anant Singh enjoys 11 charges for attempt to murder and 67 serious IPC cases. The same Tejashwi Yadav was in heaps of praises for Anant Singh, who once called him an anti-social element
List of pending criminal cases against RJD candidate Anant Singh, Source : ADR
The second in the list is Anil Kumar who has been given ticket by Jantantrik Vikas Party from TARARI constituency in BHOJPUR District. Anil has total 23 cases pending against him and out of those 52 are serious IPC cases.
List of pending criminal cases against JVP candidate Anil Kumar, Source : ADR
The next face in the top three is Manoj Manzil from Communist party of India, CPI(M). He has 30 criminal cases pending against him out of which 22 are serious IPC cases.
List of pending criminal cases against CPI(M) candidate, Manoj Manzil, Source : ADR
Here is the list of all candidates who have criminal cases against them from RJD
Here is the list of all candidates who have criminal cases against them from JDU
Here is the list of all candidates who have criminal cases against them from LJP
List of parties with self declared criminal cases, Source : ADR
Here is the list of all candidates who have criminal cases against them from Congress and BSP
Here is the list of all candidates who have criminal cases against them from BJP
List of Top candidates with liabilities in their declared income, Source : ADR
A look at the financial declarations of candidates reveal that that 9% had assets worth 5 crores, 12% had assets between 2 crores to 5 crores and 28% had assets worth 50 lakhs to 2 crores. Even here Anant Kumar Singh of RJD leads the race with total assets worth 68 crores and 17 crores as liabilities. Following him is another stalwart of RJD, Shambhu Nath Yadav with liabilities in income worth 13 crores.
Image File : Poster of SDPI, wing of alleged Terrorist organization PFI on Bihar Elections
The alleged Terrorist organization SDPI who has convicted record in Delhi Riots and Bangalore riots has also fielded candidates in Bihar Elections.
No respect for the Supreme Court guidelines?
The directions of the Supreme Court seem to have no effect on the political parties in selection of candidates in the Bihar elections. The Supreme Court in its directions had specifically instructed political parties to give reasons for such selection of individuals with criminal antecedents. The reasons for such selection has to be with reference to qualifications, achievements and merit of the candidate concerned.
ECI's Letter dated 6th March, 2020 in compliance with Supreme Court directions dated 13th February, 2020 states the following:
● It is mandatory for political parties at the Central and State election level to upload on their website detailed information regarding candidates with pending criminal cases including the nature of the offences, relevant particulars like whether charges have been framed, the concerned Court, the case number etc.
● Political parties will also have to give reasons for such selection and why other individuals without criminal antecedents could not be selected as candidates.
● The reasons as to selection shall be with reference to the qualifications, achievements and merit of the candidate concerned, and not mere “winnability” at the polls.
● This information shall also be published in: One local vernacular newspaper and one national newspaper and On the official social media platforms of the political party, including Facebook & Twitter.
● These details shall be published within 48 hours of the selection of the candidate or not less than two weeks before the first date for filing of nominations, whichever is earlier.
● The political party concerned shall then submit a report of compliance with these directions with the Election Commission within 72 hours of the selection of the said candidate.
● If a political party fails to submit such a compliance report with the Election Commission, the Election Commission shall bring such non-compliance by the political party concerned to the notice of the Supreme Court as being in contempt of this Court’s orders/directions.
To see candidates wise educational qualifications of different parties, click here.
The unfounded and baseless reasons given by political parties such as popularity of the person, social work, cases being politically motivated etc. are not valid reasons for fielding candidates with a tainted background. The data in the ADR report clearly shows that political parties have no cogent interest in reforming the electoral system. Until they keep getting votes, they will not comply to SC guidelines. It hence becomes duty of voters to vote out such tainted candidates and ensure that democracy cannot suffer at the hands of lawbreakers who become lawmakers.
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