Bengaluru:“The average assets of the 883 (35 percent) crorepati candidates are worth Rs 7.54 crore. Of the 645 contestants, 254 (10 percent) face serious criminal cases and 391 (15 percent) face criminal cases,” revealed a study by the Karnataka Election Watch and Delhi-based Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) ahead of the polls in the 223 constituencies across the state.

Affidavits of all the contesting 223 BJP candidates were analysed. Two hundred and eight (93 percent) of the 223 candidates in fray from the BJP have declared assets worth over Rs 1 crore, the highest number among all the parties contesting. A total of 207 (94 percent) of the 220 candidates from the ruling Congress, 154 (77 percent) of the 199 candidates from Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) and 199 (18 percent) of the 1,090 Independents have declared assets more than Rs 1 crore.

The BJP candidates were found to be with the highest number of criminal cases against them, with 83 (37 percent) of the 223 candidates in fray having criminal cases against them and 58 others (26 percent) having serious criminal cases against them including murder. Of the 220 candidates analysed from the ruling Congress, a total of 59 (27 percent) have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits, while 32 (15 percent) have serious criminal cases against them.

Of the 199 JD-S candidates analysed by the study, 41 (21 percent) have criminal cases, and 29 (15 percent) have declared serious criminal cases in their poll affidavits. Of the total 1,090 Independents analysed, 108 (10 percent) have declared criminal cases against themselves, and 70 (6 percent) are accused of serious criminal charges.

The top three candidates with highest assets among all the candidates in fray belong to the ruling Congress – Priyakrishna, from Govindarajanagar constituency with Rs 1,020 crore worth total assets, N. Nagaraju from Hosakote Assembly seat with assets valued at Rs 1,015 crore and the state Energy Minister D.K. Shivakumar from Kanakapura segment with Rs 840 crore assets.

Polling will be held in Karnataka, on May 12 for the 223 constituencies and counting will be on May 15.`