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Crorepatis and criminal cases abound in Himachal Pradesh assembly elections

In a recently conducted study, it has been revealed that the assembly election in Himachal Pradesh has many candidates who are crorepatis and many have criminal cases registered against them. The Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh will be conducted on November 9 and results will be declared on December 18. There are 158 crorepatis in the elections and 61 have criminal cases against them. The study was conducted by Himachal Pradesh Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). The study was based on the survey of self-sworn affidavits of all 338 candidates. These affidavits are submitted to the Election Commission (EC) and all candidates are required to provide all information truly and accurately. In case of any discrepancy, the EC has the right to cancel the nomination papers of the candidate.

At 158 crorepatis, it is 47 percent of the total candidates in fray in Himachal Pradesh elections. The average asset size is Rs 4.07 crore. This is not surprising since a crore rupees has become a bare minimal for people contesting elections in the country. There are various expenses that need to be met during elections and candidates are at a disadvantage if they do not have the required funds. The average asset size is highest in case of Congress candidates at Rs 8.56 crore. Next is BJP, with average asset size of its candidates at Rs 5.31 crore.

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