The average assets of the 997 major party candidates analysed is Rs 4.35 crore

533 crorepatis contesting TN elections DMK and AIADMK lead the pack
news Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 18:54

A total of 553 crorepatis are in the fray in the Tamil Nadu elections to be held in May, while 283 have declared criminal cases against themselves, a report said today.

"Out of the 997 candidates analysed, 553 are crorepatis. 32 from INC, 64 from BJP, 156 from AIADMK, 133 fielded by DMK, 72 from Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) and 57 DMDK candidates have declared assets worth Rs 1 crore and above in their affidavits," a survey by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said.

The average assets of the 997 major party candidates analysed is Rs 4.35 crore, it added.

Two candidates have declared zero assets in their self-sworn affidavits.

Out of the 997 candidates analysed, 283 have declared criminal cases against themselves, it added.

"10 candidates from INC, 26 from BJP, 47 from AIADMK, 68 candidates fielded by DMK, 66 from PMK, 41 from DMDK and 8 CPI(M) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits," it said.

A total of 28 constituencies have three or more candidates from major parties with declared criminal cases.

The survey has labelled these areas 'red alert constituencies'.

A total of 114 candidates have not declared their PAN details, while 284 have not declared income tax details, it added.

The survey said that 454 candidates have declared their education qualification to be between 5th pass and 12th pass, while 488 have declared having an educational qualification of graduate or above.

Six candidates have declared themselves to be simple literates and six other have declared themselves to be illiterate.

On the age details, 537 have declared their age to be between 25 and 50 years, while 458 have said it is between 51 and 80 years.

Two candidates have declared they are more than 80 years old.

On the gender details, 96 of the 997 major party candidates analysed are women.

A total of 3,776 candidates are in the fray in the Tamil Nadu elections to be held on May 16, out of which 1,107 are from major parties.

Tamil Nadu Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 997 out of these 1,107 candidates contesting from major parties.Data of 110 candidates could not be analysed due to unclear affidavits, it said. 

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