The penultimate Phase of Lok Sabha Election 2014 will see total number of 897 candidates contesting in 64 constituencies across seven states. National Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) in its report on 8th phase has analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 890 candidates out of 897.
The report summarises 31% of total candidates have declared their assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore that is 272 candidates. Jammu and Kashmir has the highest percentage of Crorepati candidates (42%), out of 19 candidates eight are having assets in crore’s while West Bengal has the lowest percentage (8%), only six crorepati candidates out of 72.
In criminal background segment Jammu and Kashmir has no candidate with criminal case attached to him/her. Bihar has 37 out of 118 candidates that have criminal cases levelled making it the state with highest percentage of criminal candidates (31%) in phase 8.
44 out of 58 candidates (76%) in INC, 28 out of 40 candidates (70%) in BJP, 19 out of 43 candidates (44%) in AAP, 22 out of 60 candidates (37%) in BSP and 41 out of 292 Independent candidates (14%) have declared assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore. The average assets according to the report per candidate contesting in the phase 8th is Rs.5.90 crore.