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Candidate with criminal background contesting UP polls

):With the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election entering its final phases, the number of contestants with criminal background is only going up.

Faizabad (Uttar Pradesh), May 3 :With the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election entering its final phases, the number of contestants with criminal background is only going up.

Indra Pratap Tiwari, the Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate contesting the Ayodhya seat, has a number of criminal cases registered against him, yet he has found favour with Samajwadi Party President and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Popularly known as Khabbu Tiwari, this candidate is facing the criticism of his opponents and the challenge of appeasing his voters with aplomp.

State police are unwilling to say anything beyond the fact that there are many candidates with criminal backgrounds contesting the polls.

"There are many candidates who have cases against them, we have the information and I can provide you with the list of those having criminal history. I will give you the details regarding how many cases have been against them, in how many they have been acquitted and where trial has been going on," said Ashutosh Pandey, SSP of Faizabad.

When asked about his criminal record, Tiwari said his opponents should spend their time looking at their drawbacks.

"Almost all the cases are over, and only a few are left. Those who allege that I have have criminal cases against my name, should once give a look to what they have been doing," Tiwari claimed.

Interestingly, Tiwari has been acquitted in six cases and rest 15 still remain to be decided, which includes those related with murder, attempt to murder, theft, violation of the Gunda Act and many more.

There are 138 people with criminal backgrounds contesting the polls in the sixth phase in Uttar Pradesh. Elections in this phase are being held in 52 constituencies across nine districts. Seven hundred and eighty five candidates are in the poll fray.

As a matter of fact, according to a study by Election Watch, an NGO headed by retired director general of police IC Dwivedi, the assembly election of 2002 had a total of 506 contestants with criminal antecedents.


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