Lucknow: As political heat intensifies in poll bound Uttar Pradesh, the curtains over the status, educational qualification and criminal records of the candidates belonging to major stake holding parties in the state have also been raised. Candidates affidavit analyzed by the Association of Democratic Reforms and Uttar Pradesh Election Watch has unveiled the true picture of the leaders who have put their fortunes on stake in the electoral battle field.

Out of the 4788 affidavits submitted till Phase V of the UP polls, the election watchdog has examined the profile of 1500 candidates. Among the examined candidates the number of educated candidates reflects a welcome trend.

There are 932 candidates with graduate and higher degree. However there is no improvement in the number of women contestants. Out of the 4788 only seven percent (319) women candidates are in the electoral fray. If percentage of those candidates with good academic records have increased then those with criminal records are also not lagging behind.

Out of the 1500 affidavits analysed by the ADR as many as 532 (35 percent) have criminal cases registered against them. Ironically, in 2007 elections the percentage was confined to 27 percent only. Out of these 532, 17 percent candidates are charged with serious criminal cases.

Interestingly, there is an increase in the number of rich candidates. Around 44 percent (665) candidates are crorepatis. Interestingly, in 2007 there were only 22 crorepati candidates testing their fate in the elections.
Scrutinizing the profiles of the candidates whose fate is set to be decided in fifth phase of UP polls, crorepatis and criminals are predominant.

Around 61 percent are graduates and post graduates. Surprisingly, only 11 percent women candidates are contesting the elections. Out of the 840 candidates in fifth phase there are only 90 women. Four major parties have fielded only 22 women from their camps (BSP-4, BJP-9, Congress-4, SP-5).

Besides, the age analysis of the candidates reveals that 57 candidates are in the age group of 25-40 years while maximum number of candidates (86) are in 41 to 50 years of age while the remaining are above the age of 51 years.

Meanwhile, 61 percent candidates are highly educated.