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10 pc Haryana candidates face criminal charges
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
Ten per cent of the candidates in fray in Haryana are facing criminal charges with five of them booked for serious crimes.

Releasing the analysis of the affidavits filed by the Haryana Lok Sabha candidates, founder member of the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR), Dr Trilochan Sastry, today said 21 out of the total 205 candidates in the state were booked under various sections of the IPC and the prevention of the Corruption Act.

The ADR is spearheading the National Election Watch (NEW), a nationwide campaign on electoral reforms. Addressing a press conference here, Sastry said, in Haryana 30 per cent of the candidates were crorepatis. “Almost 7 per cent of the candidates here are women, which is higher than the national average of 2 to 3 per cent,” he said.

Out of the 113 independent candidates in the fray, 10 have a criminal background. Out of the five candidates fielded by the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), three, including Nafe Singh (Rohtak seat), Sampat Singh (Hisar) and Ajay Chautala (Bhiwani-Mahedergarh), are facing criminal charges.

Out of the 10 candidates fielded by the Congress, two are facing criminal charges. They are - Ashok Tanwar from the Hisar seat and Avtar Singh Badhana from the Faridabad seat. Out of the nine candidates fielded by the Haryana Janhit Congress (Bhajan Lal), two candidates, Dalvir Singh from the Ambala seat and Krishan Murty from the Rohtak seat have a criminal background.

The BJP, which has fielded five candidates in collaboration with the INLD, has all clean candidates in the fray.

Sastry said the “red alert” constituencies in the state included Bhiwani, Mahendergarh and Faridabad, which had four candidates each with criminal background in the fray while Hisar and Rohtak had three such candidates in the running for the Lok Sabha.

The candidate topping the crorepati club in Haryana is Navin Jindal of the Congress fighting for the Kurukshetra seat. His total assets are worth Rs 131 crore. Suraj Bhan of the RJAP from the Faridabad seat has assets worth Rs 50 crore while Ajay Chautala comes third in the list with assets worth Rs 30 crore.

The Congress has fielded the richest candidates with the average asset per candidate touching Rs 17 crore followed by the INLD at Rs 8 crore. The BSP candidate’s average assets come to about Rs 4 crore.

Candidates from Haryana are fairly educated. There is only one illiterate independent candidate in the fray. Three candidates have a doctorate degree, 17 per cent of the candidates are postgraduates, 11 per cent are graduates and 10 per cent are professional graduates.

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