In the neighbouring Tamil Nadu, the ADR report mentioned 322 or 41% of the 787 candidates fielded by 12 distinguished political parties mentioned they had been combating criminal cases. The report says 143 or 18% of candidates declared they had been combating severe criminal cases.
Both states went to polls on April 6 wherein Tamil Nadu voted for the opposition DMK whereas Kerala reelected the ruling LDF regime.
The ADR relied on the declarations submitted by candidates to return up with its findings.
In Kerala’s assembly polls, 48 political parties contested, of which the ADR has picked the BJP, CPI, CPI(M), Congress, IUML, and the Kerala Congress (M) for its evaluation of declarations made by candidates.
Out of 326 candidates fielded by the six parties in Kerala, 235 or 72% of them declared they had been combating criminal cases, and 113 or 35% mentioned that they had been slapped with severe criminal cases.
The ADR report named Najeeb Kanthapuram (IUML), P Balachandran (CPI) and Anad Jayan (Congress) as the highest three candidates combating the highest number of criminal cases.
In Tamil Nadu, 114 political parties contested the meeting polls, however the ADR picked up a dozen parties together with the AIADMK, AMMK, DMK, BJP, CPI, CPI(M), Shiv Sena and Congress for its detailed evaluation.
The ADR report has named CPI’s Ramachandran T and S Gunasekaran, AMMK’s S Rajanikanth as the highest three candidates with the highest number of criminal cases.