Two-thirds of Bihar assembly election winners have criminal background

A report by election watchdog Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) suggested that almost two-third of the candidates who have won in 2020 Bihar Assembly elections have criminal background.

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A report by election watchdog Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) suggests that almost two-third of the candidates who have won in 2020 Bihar Assembly elections have criminal background.

Of the 241 winning candidates whose affidavits were analysed by ADR, 163 or almost 68 per cent of them have criminal antecedents, the report stated.

The ADR report also suggested that 123 candidates or more than 50 per cent candidates have declared that they have serious criminal cases pending against them which includes murder, attempt to murder and kidnapping.

In 2015, 142 of the 243 candidates or about 58 per cent winning candidates had declared in their affidavit while filing nomination that they had criminal cases pending against them.

In the just-concluded Bihar election, nine winning candidates have declared that they are facing murder (Sec 302) charges against them. As many as 31 candidates have declared that they had attempt to murder (Sec 307) charges against them.

Of all the political parties, RJD has the maximum number of candidates with criminal background who have won in this election, 54 out of 74.

At least 47 of the 73 winning candidates of the BJP have criminal background; 20 of the 43 winning candidates of JD(U) have criminal background; 16 of the 19 winning candidates of Congress have criminal background; 10 of the 12 winning candidates of CPI (ML) have criminal background; all five winning candidates of AIMIM have criminal background.

Here are the details of top 10 candidates with criminal background who have won elections in 2020:

1. Anant Singh, RJD

Bahubali leader and RJD candidate from Mokama Anant Singh tops the list of candidates with criminal antecedents who have emerged victorious in this election.

According to the affidavit filed by Anant Singh during his nomination, there are 38 cases going on in various courts which includes murder (302), attempt to murder (Sec 307), kidnapping (Sec 364) and extortion (Sec 386).

2. Mahboob Alam, CPI (ML)

Mahboob Alam has won from CPI(ML) from Balrampur seat in Katihar. There are 14 cases against him which are going on in different courts which includes murder (Sec 302), attempt to murder (Sec 307) and extortion (Sec 384).

3. Ritlal Ray, RJD

Ritlal Yadav has won from Danapur seat in Patna. According to the affidavit filed by him during nomination, there are 14 cases pending against him in various courts which includes extortion (Sec 384), attempt to murder (Sec 307) and murder (Sec 302).

4. Manoj Manzil, CPI (ML)

Manoj Manzil has won from Agiaon assembly in Bhojpur district. There are 30 cases of various nature pending in courts which includes murder (Sec 302), attempt to murder (Sec 307) and kidnapping (Sec 364).

5. Ajay Yadav, RJD

Ajay Yadav has won from Atri seat in Gaya district. According to the affidavit filed by him during his nomination there are 14 pending cases against him which includes murder (302), attempt to murder (Sec 307) and criminal intimidation (Sec 506).

6. Satish Kumar, RJD

Satish Kumar has won from Makhdumpur seat in Jehanabad district. In his affidavit he had declared eight cases pending against him which includes attempt to murder (Sec 302) and criminal intimidation (Sec 506).

7. Amrendra Kumar Pandey, JDU

Amrendra Kumar Pandey has won from Kuchaikot seat in Gopalganj district. There are 11 cases pending against him in various courts which includes murder (Sec 302), attempt to murder (Sec 307) and extortion (Sec 384).

8. Amarjeet Kushwaha, CPI (ML)

Amarjeet Kushwaha has won from Jiradei seat in Siwan district. He has 16 cases pending against him which includes murder (Sec 302) and attempt to murder (Sec 307).

9. Shashi Bhushan Singh, RJD

Shashi Bhushan Singh has won from Sugauli seat in East Champaran. He has a total of seven cases pending against him which includes forgery (Sec 467) and cheating (Sec 468).

10. Aniruddh Kumar, RJD

Aniruddh Kumar has won from Bakhtiyarpur seat in Patna. According to the affidavit filed by him during his nomination, he has a total of 11 cases pending against him in various courts which includes extortion (Sec 384) and criminal intimidation (Sec 506).

"This is a reflection of how lightly different political parties' leadership consider criminal antecedents while nomination candidates. Academically speaking crime-free society been a utopian dream and in politics people have become numb to this spectre of people with criminal antecedents being in public life," Abhay Mohan Jha, political commentator and senior journalist, said.

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