A report by an election panel has revealed that 29 candidates out of 184 candidates contesting in forthcoming Assembly Elections in Arunachal Pradesh starting from April 11 have criminal records.

9 out of the 29 contesting candidates belong to Congress, reads the report by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).

The centre-ruling BJP is contesting in all 60-seats in Arunachal Pradesh for the first time, has 7 candidates with criminal antecedents against them, it added.

The ADR report continued that those with criminal cases account for 15 percent of the total contesting candidates, who have filed their nominations this time as against 6 percent during 2014 Assembly Elections.

The National People’s Party (NPP) is making its maiden entry into Arunachal Pradesh electoral body, has 2 candidates with criminal offense records. JD(S) will also contest in the state elections for the first time with 1 of its contestants having criminal records.

One Independent candidate out of 11 candidates has also declared a criminal offender.

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