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  Sixth Phase of UP Elections: Again Itís Mafiosi Ruling the Roost
  Dr. S. K. Pandey
Tags-U.P.Election 2012
Publised on : Monday, 20 February 2012 04:10:10 PM +0530

LUCKNOW

Feb. 19, 2012. (UPSS).

At least 128 of the 360 candidates for the sixth round of Uttar Pradesh assembly polls to be held on February 28 have criminal background. This is 36 percent of the total and is much higher than 27 percent of candidates having criminal background in the last assembly polls.About 46 percent of the candidates of the Samajwadi Party (SP) have pending criminal cases, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 45 percent, the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) 29 percent and the Congress 47 percent.

Out of the 128 candidates with declared criminal cases, 52 are facing trials in cases like murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, rape, robbery and extortion. The SP has 15, the BJP has eight, the BSP has seven and the Congress has five such candidates.Man Veer Singh of the Janata Dal-United, contesting from Jewar constituency, has declared the maximum number of 31 criminal cases. Of these, 14 are related to murder.

Another interesting aspect is that 210 candidates (about 58 percent of the total) are billionaires. The number of billionaires in the fray has also grown this time over the 2007 election. Just 22 percent candidates were billionaires in 2007.Najir Ahmed of the Congress from Agra South constituency is the richest with assets worth Rs.141.39 crore, followed by Vinod Kumar of the BSP from Debai constituency with Rs.45.19 crore and Mahesh Kumar Sharma of the BJP from Noida constituency with assets worth Rs.37.45 crore.

Phase VI of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2012 will be held on 28th Feb (Tuesday). It's the biggest poll phase in the 7 phases as it features 68 assembly constituencies. The constituencies of Uttar Pradesh that go to polls on 25th Feb in the 6th phase are from Western UP, regions which border Uttarakhand, Haryana and Delhi. RLD is a strong contender in this region.

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