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Chhattisgarh Assembly elections: Congress has maximum candidates with criminal cases


Amid tightened security, polling for the eighteen out of 90 constituencies in Chhattisgarh is underway. A total of 187 candidates are contesting the Chhattisgarh assembly elections in the 18 constituencies in Chhattisgarh. Of these 187, Congress has the maximum number of candidates with criminal cases.

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According to the data analysed by research body ADR or Association of Democratic Reforms, of the 18 candidates put up by the Congress party for today’s elections seven of them or 39 percent have declared criminal cases against them.

“Of the seven Congress candidates who have declared criminal cases, four of them have criminal cases of serious nature against them including cases related to bribery, causing death by negligence and criminal intimidation, among others,” the report by ADR showed.

“Ajit Jogi’s Janta Congress Chhattisgarh has three candidates who have declared criminal cases against them. The party has put up candidates in 10 seats,” the report added. The report further said, “Out of 187 candidates fighting in the first phase of the polls, 15 candidates or 8 percent have declared criminal cases against themselves.”

The data analysed by ADR says that Jagdalpur constituency have most number of candidates with declared criminal cases. However, Congress’ main rival BJP has no candidates with declared criminal cases in the first phase of the Chhattisgarh elections.

Chhattisgarh has a total of 90 assembly seats and in the first phase polling is being held for 18 seats today. Of the seats going polls, 12 are in Bastar and six in Rajnandgaon district. Elections for the remaining 72 seats will be held on November 20. Votes will be counted on December 11.

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