Candidates from the Punjab 2017 Assembly Elections, Criminal Background analysed

Criminal Background

·         Candidates with Criminal Cases: Out of the 1145 candidates analysed, 100(9%) candidates have declared criminal cases against them.

·         Candidates with Serious Criminal Cases: 77(7%) candidates have declared serious criminal cases against them.

·         Candidates with cases related to murder: 4 candidates have declared cases related to murder (Indian Penal Code Section-302) against them.

·         Candidates with cases related to attempt to murder: 11 candidates have declared cases related to attempt to murder (Indian Penal Code Section-307) against them.

·         Candidates with cases related to Crimes against Women: 5 candidates have declared cases related to crimes against women.

·         Party wise Candidates with Criminal Cases: 14 (12%) out of 117 candidates from Indian National Congress (INC), 12(11%) out of 112 candidates from Aam Aadmi Party ( AAP), 10(11%) out of 94 candidates from Shiromani Akali Dal(SAD) , 7(9%)  out of 77 candidates from  Apna Punjab Party, 5(9%) out of 54 candidates from Shiromani Akali Dal (A)(Simranjit Singh Mann),  2(9%) out of 23 candidates from Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), and 19(6%) out of 304 Independent candidates have declared criminal cases against them in their affidavits.

·         Party wise Candidates with Serious Criminal Cases:  9 (8%) out of 117 candidates from Indian National Congress (INC),9(8%) out of 112 candidates from Aam Aadmi Party ( AAP),  8(9%) out of 94 candidates from Shiromani Akali Dal(SAD) , 5(7%)  out of 77 candidates from  Apna Punjab Party, 5(9%) out of 54 candidates from Shiromani Akali Dal (A), 1(4%) out of 23 candidates from Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP),  and 18(6%) out of 304 Independent candidates have declared serious criminal cases including murder, attempt to murder, crime against women, kidnapping etc. against them in their affidavits.

 

·         Red Alert Constituencies*: 6 constituencies in the Punjab assembly elections has 3 or more candidates with declared criminal cases.

*Red Alert Constituencies are those which have 3 or more candidates with criminal cases contesting elections

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Financial Background

·         Share of wealth among candidates : The share of wealth amongst the candidates contesting in assembly elections Punjab is as follows:

Value of assets

No of candidates

 Percentage of candidates

Rs 5 cr and above

178

16%

Rs 2 crores to 5 crores

136

12%

Rs 50 lakhs to 2 crores

252

22%

Rs 10 lakhs to 50 lakhs

238

21%

less than Rs 10 lakhs

341

29%

Table: Share of wealth amongst contesting candidates

·         Crorepati Candidates: Out of the 1145 candidates analysed, 428 (37%) are crorepatis.

·         Party wise Crorepati Candidates: 87 (93%) out of 94 candidates from SAD, 103 (88%) out of 117 candidates from INC,  20(87%) out of 23 candidates from BJP,71 (63%) out of 112 candidates from AAP, 24 (31%) out of 77 candidates from Apna Punjab Party, 12 (22%) out of 54 candidates fielded by SAD (A) and 69 (23%) out of 304 Independent candidates have declared assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore.

 

·         Average assets: The average of assets per candidate contesting in the Punjab Assembly Elections 2017 is Rs 3.49 Crores.

·         Party wise average assets: Among the major parties, the average assets per candidate for 117 INC candidates is Rs 12.38 Crores, 23 BJP candidates have average assets of Rs 6.10 Crores, 112 AAP candidates have average assets worth Rs 6.24 Crores, 94 SAD candidates have average assets worth Rs 9.26 crores, 54 SAD (A) candidates have average assets worth Rs 1.09 crores, and 304 Independent candidates have average assets of Rs. 1.49 Crores.

 

·         High asset candidates*:  The  top 3  candidates with highest assets  contesting in the Punjab 2017 Assembly Elections are given below:

S.No.

Name

District

Constituency

Party Name

Movable Assets (Rs)

Immovable Assets (Rs)

Total Assets (Rs)

PAN Given

1

Rana Gurjit Singh

KAPURTHALA

KAPURTHALA

INC

1,09,25,25,000

60,64,35,000

1,69,89,60,000
169 Crore+

Y

2

Shiv Lal Doda

FAZILKA

ABOHAR

IND

1,24,55,58,000

17,31,12,000

1,41,86,70,000
141 Crore+

Y

3

Karan Kaur

MUKTSAR

MUKTSAR

INC

79,52,210

1,18,61,70,000

1,19,41,22,210
119 Crore+

Y

Table: Top three candidates with highest declared assets

 

·         Zero asset candidates:   7 candidates have declared zero assets in his self-sworn affidavits.

·         Low asset candidates: The three candidates with lowest assets are as follows (excluding candidates who have declared zero assets) :

S.No.

Name

District

Constituency

Party Name

Movable Assets (Rs)

Immovable Assets (Rs)

Total Assets (Rs)

PAN Given

1.         

Satish Kumar Nahar

KAPURTHALA

KAPURTHALA

Rashtriya Krantikari Samajwadi Party

2,000

0

2,000
2 Thou+

Y

2.         

Tarsem Singh

PATIALA

SANOUR

IND

2,400*

0

2,400
2 Thou+

N

3.         

Alwinder Singh

MUKTSAR

MUKTSAR

IND

5,500

0

5,500
5 Thou+

N

Table: Candidates with declared lowest assets

Candidates with high liabilities: The top three candidates with highest liabilities are as given below:

S.No.

Name

District

Constituency

Party Name

Total Assets(Rs)

Liabilities (Rs)

PAN Given

1

Rana Gurjit Singh

KAPURTHALA

KAPURTHALA

INC

1,69,89,60,000
169 Crore+

81,71,22,000
81 Crore+

Y

2

Sukhbir Singh Badal

FAZILKA

JALALABAD

SAD

1,02,07,61,522
102 Crore+

# 39,86,61,119
39 Crore+

Y

3

Amit Doda

FAZILKA

ABOHAR

IND

14,73,99,000
14 Crore+

# 20,20,00,000
20 Crore+

Y

Table: Top three candidates with high liabilities

                     # Disputed Liabilities

·         Undeclared PAN:  A total of 221(19%) out of the 1145 candidates analysed have not declared their PAN details.

·         Candidates with high income as declared in the ITR*: 13 candidates have declared total annual income of more than Rs 1 Crore. The details of these candidates are as given below:

S.No.

Name

Party Name

Constituency

District

Total Asset (Rs)

The financial year for which the last income tax return has been filed by candidate

Total income shown by candidate in ITR (Self+Spouse+Dependent) (Rs)

Self income shown by candidate in ITR (Rs)

1

Navjot Singh Sidhu

INC

AMRITSAR EAST

AMRITSAR

45,90,98,908  45 Crore+

2015-2016

9,90,99,930  9 Crore+

9,66,28,470  9 Crore+

2

Shiv Lal Doda

IND

ABOHAR

FAZILKA

1,41,86,70,000  141 Crore+

2015-2016

5,34,10,482  5 Crore+

4,10,49,947  4 Crore+

3

Aman Arora

AAP

SUNAM

SANGRUR

65,88,61,000  65 Crore+

2015-2016

4,23,91,349  4 Crore+

1,52,33,276  1 Crore+

4

Rana Gurjit Singh

INC

KAPURTHALA

KAPURTHALA

1,69,89,60,000  169 Crore+

2015-2016

2,98,06,967  2 Crore+

2,93,67,212  2 Crore+

5

Amit Doda

IND

ABOHAR

FAZILKA

14,73,99,000  14 Crore+

2016-2017

2,90,22,122  2 Crore+

2,34,96,935  2 Crore+

6

Kewal Singh Dhillon

INC

BARNALA

BARNALA

89,14,18,624  89 Crore+

2015-2016

2,59,66,535  2 Crore+

88,85,998  88 Lacs+

7

Sukhbir Singh Badal

SAD

JALALABAD

FAZILKA

1,02,07,61,522  102 Crore+

2015-2016

2,28,10,094  2 Crore+

2,10,44,376  2 Crore+

8

Mohammad Owais

SAD

MALERKOTLA

SANGRUR

9,32,38,844  9 Crore+

2015-2016

2,09,75,990  2 Crore+

1,20,97,710  1 Crore+

9

Paramjit Singh

AAP

HOSHIARPUR

HOSHIARPUR

50,08,72,195  50 Crore+

2015-2016

1,99,83,940  1 Crore+

1,00,82,850  1 Crore+

10

Kuldip Singh

Aapna Punjab Party

AMRITSAR SOUTH

AMRITSAR

17,34,373  17 Lacs+

2016-2017

1,75,64,792  1 Crore+

1,50,37,259  1 Crore+

11

Parkash Singh

SAD

LAMBI

MUKTSAR

14,49,82,207  14 Crore+

2015-2016

1,03,31,665  1 Crore+

1,03,31,665  1 Crore+

12

Jarnail Singh Wahid

SAD

NAWAN SHAHR

NAWAN SHAHR

12,38,58,000  12 Crore+

2015-2016

1,02,21,991  1 Crore+

77,85,175  77 Lacs+

13

Raj Kumar

INC

CHABBEWAL (SC)

HOSHIARPUR

17,50,70,150  17 Crore+

2016-2017

1,01,85,642  1 Crore+

89,97,156  89 Lacs+

Table: Candidates with high income as declared in ITR

*Total income includes income of self, spouse and dependents

 

·         Candidates who have not declared Income Tax Details*: 472 (41%) out of 1145 candidates analysed have not declared income tax details.

* Some candidates may be exempted from filing Income Tax Returns

 

·         Candidates with high assets who have not declared Income Tax Details*:   Top 3 candidates with high assets have not declared income tax details. Their details  are as given below:

S.No.

Name

District

Constituency

Party

Total Income (Rs)

Movable Assets (Rs)

Immovable Assets (Rs)

Total Assets (Rs)

PAN Given

Self Income

1

Arbinder Singh

HOSHIARPUR

URMAR

SAD

0

37,55,271

10,63,87,323

11,01,42,594 11 Crore+

Y

ITR not filed

2

Sham Singh

SANGRUR

LEHRA

IND

0

36,80,000

9,50,00,000*

9,86,80,000 9 Crore+

Y

ITR not filed

3

Raj Mal

HOSHIARPUR

MUKERIAN

Aapna Punjab Party

0

9,90,000

7,62,00,000

7,71,90,000 7 Crore+

N

ITR not filed

Table: Candidates with highest assets who have not declared ITR details

* Some candidates may be exempted from filing Income Tax Returns

 

 

Other Background Details

·         Education details of candidates: 688 (60%) candidates have declared their educational qualification to be between 5th pass and 12th pass, while 365(32%) candidates have declared having an educational qualification of graduate or above.

·         Age details of candidates: 644 (56%) candidates have declared their age to be between 25 and 50 years while 490(43%) candidates have declared their age to be between 51 and 80 years.

Gender details of candidates: 81 (7%) women candidates are contesting in the Punjab assembly election, 2017.

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