Out of all the 808 candidates contesting for 50 seats spread across six districts of central and western parts of the state, 215 (27%) have declared criminal cases against themselves in the Bihar assembly general elections, 2015. Rashtriya Janata Dal leads the pack with 17 (68%) out of its 25 candidates facing criminal cases as per the affidavit analysed by Association for Democratic Records (ADR). The Bharatiya Janata Party follows it closely as 21 (62%) out of its 34 candidates face criminal charges while 10 (56%) out of 18 Janata Dal United candidates have such a record.
Other parties are no better with three (43%) out of seven Congress candidates and four (40%) out of 10 Lok Janshakti Party nominees have criminal records. Smaller parties like Communist Party of India (CPI) has seven (37%) out of 19 candidates, 9 (19%) out of 47 Bahujan Samaj Party candidates, 12 (39%) out of 31 candidates from Samajwadi Party, along with 13 (48%) out of 27 candidates of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) (Liberation) CPI(ML) (L) and 62 (22%) out of 276 Independent candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.
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