A total of 1140 out of 7,450 candidates of different political parties contesting the general elections for the 15th Lok Sabha have criminal records. This has been announced by Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW).
About 15.1% of candidates have been accused of having indulged in criminal activities. 114 candidates belong to the Congress party while 113 have been given the tickets by BJP. The BSP has 105, SP 55 and CPM has given tickets to 20 candidates with criminal records.
According to the assets affidavits filed by the candidates 1,205 Crorepathis are contesting this general elections on behalf of four major national political parties.