Pooja Sareen, Student, Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication

Despite the promises made by various parties that no criminals will be given party tickets still amy candidates with such background went lucky. After the assessment of lists declared by Congress, BJP, SAD and CPI it was found that 61 candidates have criminal backgrounds.

The data released by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Punjab Election Watch (PEW) reveals that 61 politicians in the fray have criminal cases out of which 22 have grim criminal cases of murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, and robbery.

Congress has 23 such candidates, SAD-18, BSP-9, BJP-2, and CPI-2.

The lists also include-

  •  Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal, who is facing attempt to murder charges.
  •   SAD’s Ranjit Singh Talwandi, who is facing three criminal cases, including of murder.
  •   Aman Arora of Congress, who is facing criminal charges, including of theft.
  •   Balbir Singh Sidhu of Congress, who is facing murder charges.
  •  Joga Singh, facing a criminal case for obscene acts and songs and attempt to murder.

Bibi Jagir Kaur, SAD candidat facing charges of murder, kidnapping and wrongful confinement.