Director accused of selling Avantika Gaokar’s nude pictures sends rape threats on email

Actress Avantika Gaokar has accused director named Rameshnath Venkat of threatening to throw acid on her face and get her raped by Naxalites, reports IB Times.

After Gaokar had exposed Rao’s nude pics racket and also filed a police complaint against him, Rao who has since fled to Sri Lanka threatened to release nude mms clips.  The images can be seen here.

According to Avantika’s manager, Rao sent an e-mail threatening to throw acid on her. He also said that he would get her kidnapped and raped by Naxalites, the model’s manager claimed while adding that the e-mail has been submitted to the police. Rao is now wanted by the police and even a local court has issued a non-bailable warrant against him for his arrest.

The alleged threatening came after Avantika filed a police case against the director for allegedly selling her nude pictures to a media outlet, which later got leaked online. Later, Rao had allegedly uploaded a nude MMS clip on YouTube as well, claiming that to be of the actress. He later on uploaded a second clip which was also fake according to IB Times.

However, the video turned out to be a fake one and nude video was soon deleted after Avantika and some other viewers reported it to YouTube authorities.

The entire controversy started after the Mumbai-based model had alleged that Rao fraudulently acquired her nude pictures, and later sold them to a media outlet by making a fake authorizing letter. She had stated that Rao had convinced her to send the photos saying that a Hollywood director wanted those pictures for a Netflix show’s ‘look test’. However, the show didn’t even exist in the first place.

She had also said that Rao had asked her to send a nude video as well, which she didn’t oblige. “Rakeshnath Venkat Rao was trying to get me to send him a nude video as well. I am lucky, I didn’t listen to him. He made such big promises, which I now know are all false. He tried to first sell my nude photos to a prominent Mumbai tabloid, but when that didn’t work out, he sold the pictures to He showed the website a fake authority letter which claimed he had the rights to use or sell the images. My signature on that form/letter is fake,” Avantika had told International Business Times India.

Later a police case was filed against Rao, who according to Avantika fled to Sri Lanka.

BJP offers rival MLAs Rs 100 crore each in Karnataka to join party, help form Govt

Kumaraswamy has accused the BJP of offering ₹100 crore to some of its party members and MLAs to join the party.

Speaking at the Janata Dal Legislative Party meeting, Mr. Kumaraswamy warned the BJP that if it tried ‘Operation Lotus’ once more it would backfire.

“If the BJP indulges in horse trading I will not sit quiet. I am not a Sanyasi to keep quiet and watch the proceedings,” he said. “I would like to tell the Governor that he should not allow horse trading.”

Union Mininister Prakash Javadekar dismissed Mr. Kumaraswamy’s charge that BJP was offering ₹100 crore to lure its MLAs, calling it “imaginary.”

Meanwhile, outgoing Chief Minister Siddaramaiah accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of encouraging horse-trading. “We have 117 MLAs. Governor has to give the opportunity to us (JD(S)-Congress combine) to form the government,” he said.

“We want to thank people for their support. People don’t want BJP in Karnataka,” he adds. “JD(S) MLAs are being offered Rs 100 crore each. Where is this black money coming from? They are supposedly the servers of poor people and they are offering money today. Where are the income tax officials?”, “BJP is misusing its power. They are distorting democratic principles. Operation Kamala is an example of this,” he said.

“BJP is desperate to come to power. Me or my party, are not power hungry”, says Kumaraswamy. “We (JDS and Congress) have more numbers than the halfway mark. BJP are nine seats shorter than needed,” he adds. “Forget ‘Operation Kamal’ being successful, there are people who are ready to leave BJP&come with us. If you try to poach one from ours, we’ll do the same & take double from you. I’m also telling the Governor to not take any decision which encourages horse-trading,” he said.

“BJP has also made an offer. If I side with them, the majority will be 140. But I feel responsible that I have already caused a dot in my father’s political career already because of my decision to go with the BJP in 2004 and 2005,” said Kumaraswamy. He also accused the BJP of working against secular fabric of the country. “I didn’t ask for the CM post, the Congress have offered me unconditional support,” the JDS leader said.

Meanwhile in a recent new update, BS Yeddyurappa will be sworn in as the new Karnataka CM at 9.30am on Thursday with Karnataka Governor Valubhai Vala inviting the BJP to form the government first, ahead of the other claimant – the JDS-Congress combine. The BJP will have to prove its majority in a floor test. Yeddyurappa had sought seven days for it. The governor took the decision after consulting with former Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi, who favoured inviting the single largest party first, in this case the BJP.

The JDS and Congress had met the governor at the Raj Bhavan in the evening when Vala had assured he will consult legal experts and consider the precedents of Goa and Manipur. The JDS-Congress combine has 117 MLAs, well clear of the magic mark. The Congress is expected to address a press conference soon. The party has previously said that it would move the Supreme Court if denied the chance to form the government first.

Parrikar will need at least 2.5 months complete bed rest on returning to Goa: US doctors

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is undergoing medical treatment in the United States, said in a recent video message that he will return to his home state in the next few weeks. The video message was played at a BJP workers’ meeting addressed by party president Amit Shah.

However, spoke to the doctors attending to Parrikar in the US. “The doctors are of the opinion that Parrikar will need at least 60 to 80 days of complete bed rest even if he chooses to return to Goa on completion of chemotherapy. We will definitely not advise him (Parrikar) to undertake any strenuous activity and not even travel. He is advised to stay at home only and take complete bed rest for at least 60 days. His body needs to heal naturally and it takes time. I would ideally recommend 90 days of complete bed rest,” the head of the department told

Parrikar is undergoing treatment for a pancreatic ailment at a hospital in the US, where he was admitted in the first week of March after being treated at Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital, reports India Today.

“My treatment is moving along successfully and I am confident that in the next few weeks I will be able to be there with you in full-swing,” Parrikar stated in the video message.

According to India Today, Parrikar appeared in the video in his trademark half sleeves shirt and detachable spectacles. He looked fresh and lost a lot of weight. His hair was intact despite undergoing a series of chemo-therapies.

He appealed to party workers to start work for the Lok Sabha election due next year. “We have to ensure that BJP wins both seats. We have to work to retain the Narendra Modi-led government in power,” he said.

Political observers believe the BJP has killed two birds with one stone through the video message. It has sent out a clear message that Parrikar, the state’s tallest BJP leader, is getting ready to be active in politics again.

Meanwhile, churches and temples across the State of Goa have organised prayer services and prayer meetings for their CM. Even the Archbishop of Goa, Daman & Diu remembered the CM in a prayer service and called upon the congregation to pray for the speedy recovery of the ailing Parrikar. Goa has a sizable Christian population which is over 30 per cent. wishes Manohar Parrikar a speedy recovery…

with inputs from India Today & agencies

France’s biggest newspaper Le Monde snubs Narendra Modi, refuses to run interview

A prominent French newspaper Le Monde refused to run Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interview after it was told to publish his written answers and not to interact with him. Le Monde, which is one of the largest newspapers in France, gave the PM a royal snub and decided to boycott the visit of the PM of India to France.  The PM’s office had sent out a ‘press release’ to the news papers and expected the paper to publish an article based on that press release.

Le Monde’s South Asia correspondent Julien Bouissou tweeted, “Le Monde refused to run an interview of Narendra Modi after we were told to publish written answers, and not to interact with him.”

In a face-saving measure, the Prime Minister’s Office later on negotiated an email interview with Le Figaro another equally prominent publication. Modi arrived in France on Thursday night, the first leg of his three-nation tour. During his four-day stay, Modi will hold talks with President Francois Hollande and meet business leaders. The focus of the talks will be civil nuclear, defence and trade.

The two leaders are also expected to unveil Franco-Indian stamps. The highlight of the trip will be a boat ride on the Seine river which is being described as ‘Naav pe charcha’.

In France, the Prime Minister will also visit the World War-I memorial and pay tributes to about 10,000 Indians who lost their lives while fighting alongside France.

Meet cheat and conman casting director Amit Sehgal who faked Arshi Khan’s Prabhas film

Amit Sehgal who calls himself a senior casting director is nothing but a conman and a cheat. He has cheated hundreds of aspiring actors who come to Mumbai with stars in their eyes, of lakhs of rupees. His modus operandi is very simple. He promises them roles in serials on top GEC channels like Colors, Sony, Zee, etc., and charges anywhere from Rs 20,000 to Rs 5 lakh. One such struggling actor from North India, who spoke to got conned of Rs 90,000/-. He is now on the roads, begging for a living.

According to this actor whose name has been withheld by to protect his identity, “Amit Sehgal has cheated hundreds of youth. He takes 10k to 5 lakh for serials and films. He also gets helpless girls from small towns into prostitution, by sending them to fake producers to compromise. The helpless, semi-literate girls who come to Mumbai in search of film work are sent to fake producers who give dud cheques and fake contracts and sleep with the unsuspecting girls. The cheques eventually bounce and the producers disappear, while Amit Sehgal gets his commission money from these fake producers. This is a big prostitution racket in Mumbai, Hyderabad and Delhi, operating under the guise of film casting. Hundreds of girls have been conned by this trick and Amit Sehgal is the kingpin.”

At least 5-6 people who have been conned by Amit Sehgal approached for justice. The police do not register FIRs as the matter is technical and Sehgal is known to bribe the cops.

Not just that, Amit Sehgal has even conned celebrities. He was the brain behind the fake Prabhas film, for which he and three of his cronies signed on Bigg Boss contestant and Google entertainer of the year Arshi Khan after promising her Rs 2.5 crore in payment. He also signed on another Bhojpuri actress Sangita Tiwari from whom he took Rs 5000 as advance. The Rs 5 lakh cheque given to Tiwari was a dud, which bounced and Sehgal switched off his phone and changed his number, after pocketing Rs 5000 from Tiwari.

Readers will remember how Bigg Boss 11 contestant Arshi Khan had got into a controversy concerning a film with South superstar Prabhas. Almost immediately, after Bigg Boss 11 came to a close, it was widely reported that Arshi Khan was signed opposite a film starring Prabhas.

However, a week after the news went viral, Prabhas clarified that he had no idea about the project and was not doing any such film. Prabhas even said he did not know who Arshi Khan was. Well, Arshi Khan was quick to reiterate and clarify that she had a signed written contract and that she was approached by a production house based in Goregaon who claimed they had signed on Prabhas. The production house gave Arshi Khan a film contract, and she tweeted about the project based on that film contract. The news then died a natural death. has learned that the architect and brain behind this entire fraud was a casting director by the name of Amit Sehgal, who along with a fake producer Muzaffar Sheikh and another crook by the name of Shahid Khan schemed to milk some financers using the name and popularity of Arshi Khan.

At that time, Arshi Khan had told Times of India, “The makers approached me after I came out of Bigg Boss 11 house. They had come down from Hyderabad. The first thing I had asked them was about the star cast and I was told that they had already signed Prabhas. They made me sign the contract papers and said that the agreement will be signed later. Amit Sehgal was the casting director who introduced me to the producer and the director at a coffee shop in Malad.”

The modus operandi of Amit Seghal is to approach known, but gullible artistes and offer them meaty roles  in big-budget  productions. Everything is fake – the star cast, the distributor, the producer and so on. Sehgal also gives the artiste a contract and at times a post-dated cheque. He then taken 20  to 30 per cent of the cheque amount from the artiste in cash as his commission. Besides Arshi Khan, Amit Sehgal also cheated a well-known Bhojpuri actor Sangita Tiwari and took Rs 5000  from her after giving her a fake cheque of Rs 5 lakh which obviously bounced. has learned that Amit Seghal has cheated hundreds of struggling artistes both male and female in Mumbai. He recently changed his residence and has shifted to Sector 8 in Charkop after people started chasing him. One male artiste whom he conned of about Rs 90,000/- has even filed an FIR against Sehgal, but the cops are going slow on the case, as Sehgal has probably bribed the cops.

Amit Sehgal is a professional conman. He has cheated hundreds of struggling Bollywood aspirants using different tricks of the trade. According to unconfirmed sources,  Amit Sehgal is wanted by the Delhi police in a case where he allegedly cheated a jewelry company  of Rs one crore. He was earlier with the Gitanjali Group in Delhi and according to unconfirmed sources, he was involved in a big scam at the company. Gitanjali Group is the same company owned by Mehul Chokshi which is now part of the diamond merchant Nirav Modi conglomerate which cheated Indian banks to a tune of Rs 11,000 crore.

Sehgal changes his phone numbers several times a year and has at-least 5 criminal cases pending against him in Mumbai. Readers are advised to beware of this professional cheat!

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Editor’s Note: Arshi Khan’s manager has sent us a clarification via email stating that to the best of his knowledge and belief, casting director Amit Sehgal had only introduced Arshi Khan to the producers who claimed to be doing a Prabhas film. Amit Sehgal has explained to Arshi Khan’s team that he himself did not know that the producer and the production house were fake. He has not charged any fee or commission from Arshi Khan.

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BJP has pumped in over 15 lakh fake Voter ID cards into Karnataka: Cong

Congress leaders from Karnataka have accused the BJP of printing and circulating over 15 lakh ‘fake’ voter ID cards into the State with a view to manipulate the voting process.

The fake ID cards are printed in Maharashtra and have been brought into Karnataka over the last 2-3 weeks, to ensure ‘fake’ voting for BJP candidates, Congress leaders alleged. This allegation comes even as authorities seized nearly 10,000 fake voter ID cards from a flat in Rajarajeshwari Nagar Assembly constituency in Karnataka on Monday.

Congress leaders from Karnataka who spoke to claimed that along with fake VOTER ID CARDS, Kannada and Konkani speaking people who are now domiciled in Maharashtra and Goa and having voting  rights and cards of constituencies in different pockets of Maharashtra and Goa, are being brought into Karnataka on the sly over the last one month. They are being paid Rs 3000 to Rs 5000 to come to Karnataka, stay in the State for 10-15 days and cast their vote for the BJP. Fake election voter ID cards are being provided to them, a senior Congress leader alleged.

Meanwhile, a massive controversy rocked Karnataka after nearly 10,000 “fake” voter ID cards were seized from a flat in Rajrajeshwari Assembly seat, prompting the BJP to demand countermanding of the election claiming Congress was behind the racket, a charge dismissed by the latter as a “lie”. With just three days left before Karnataka goes to poll, the BJP and Congress, the two main contenders for power, went after each other’s jugular, each claiming the flat belonged to a woman associated with the rival party. Addressing a press conference, Union minister Prakash Javadekar claimed Congress candidate and sitting MLA Munirathna Naidu was behind the alleged racket, which was exposed by BJP worker Rakesh.

Congress spokesman Rajdeep Singh Surjawala hit right back, alleging that the flat owner Manjula Nanjamari and Rakesh had BJP connections and both contested Bengaluru Municipal Corporation elections on the tickets of the saffron party.

Karnataka’s Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar had called a press conference last midnight where he said besides the cards, form 6A (application for inclusion of name in electoral roll by an overseas elector) with counterfoils were found. He said that the colour in the counterfoil appeared unusual, and that an inquiry was on. Javadekar said thousands of fake cards with hologram, lamination machines, and computers were seized by police after BJP workers informed it about the racket, and demanded a thorough forensic inquiry.

Fraudster Nirav Modi’s Friends Contribute Nearly Rs 100 Cr for BJP Karnataka Poll Campaign

The BJP has received nearly Rs 100 crore in funds for the Karnataka poll campaign from Nirav Modi’s friends, (Read Here) who are still in regular touch with the BJP top brass in Delhi.

Several top BJP leaders are in  constant and regular touch with Nirav Modi’s diamond industry friends both in India and abroad, who started a ‘donation drive’ for the BJP party to support its Karnataka campaign and have collected over Rs 100 crore in the last 3 months. (Read Here).  Most these funds are being used to fund the BJP’s online and social media campaigns targeted at the  Karnataka polls.

The payments are being made to Facebook and Twitter from bank accounts abroad and the money does not even come to India. The Election Commission of India has no access to these financial details, most of them are funded from secret tax havens. Sources privy to these secret deals claim that nearly Rs 100 crore has been pumped into the system from abroad, or directly paid to entities abroad to run online and social media campaigns in favor of the BJP and support its Karnataka campaign efforts.

Do you know why scammer Nirav Modi and some of his other scamster friends will never be arrested or cases against him never pursued aggressively by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the Center? The answer is very simple!

Nirav Modi was and still is one of the BJP party’s main fund raisers. He directly and indirectly contributed Rs 250 crore to the BJP coffers over the last 4 years, since January 2014 and helped fund the BJP poll campaign blitz in 2014 that saw the party come to a landslide victory. Unofficial sources claim that Nirav Modi and his cronies contributed over Rs 300 crore in all to the BJP and still continue to fund the BJP’s poll campaigns across the country.

According to one senior politician, “The BJP’s National IT cell which boasts of over 2000 full-time IT professionals is funded by Nirav Modi’s gang of scamsters who have defrauded several banks and collectively siphoned off over Rs 30,000 crore over the last 3-4 years.”

It may be recalled that the Shiv Sena party has attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rs 11,300-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam. The Sena in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana had alleged that Nirav Modi, who is at the centre of the scandal, had been a ‘partner’ of the BJP and helped it collect funds for elections.

Senior Sena leaders who spoke to in Mumbai claimed that Nirav Modi directly and indirectly contributed Rs 250 crore to the BJP coffers over the last 4 years, since January 2014 and helped fund the BJP poll campaign blitz in 2014 that saw the party come to a landslide victory. Sena leaders were openly critical of the Prime Minister and his handling of the economy, stating that the big con men have got away easily, but the poor are burdened with taxes and levies.

Sena leaders took pains to point out that Nirav Modi along with about 5-6 other businessmen were instrumental in bankrolling the BJP party since 2014, since the party projected Narendra Modi as the PM candidate and launched a multi-crore media campaign. Modi was the one who struck the deal with these 5-6 businessmen and top industrialists including Adani, Ambani and others to fund the BJP campaign, promising them massive sops if he became the PM, claimed Sena leaders in Mumbai.

BJP hires more than 5000 IT professionals pan-India for final Karnataka Election online salvo

The BJP party and its National IT cell has hired over 5000 IT and social media professionals on a pan-India basis for a massive final online salvo against its opponents, particularly the Congress in a run-up to the Karnataka elections.

It must be mentioned here that this additional workforce of over 5000 skilled professionals is in addition to the already existing huge IT team that the BJP party employs and even pays for. For its online and social media campaign for the Karnataka elections, has learnt that the BJP has employed well over 25,000 dedicated IT workers all over India, who are working day and night to promote the BJP ideology, PM Narendra Modi’s initiatives and  and counter the Congress digital offensive.

According to reliable sources in the BJP IT cell, the additional army of  about 5000 workers has started working since the 1st week of May and will continue till 12th May for a period of 10 to 12 days. Most of them (who are not from the State) are working from their own homes, using their own hardware and infrastructure, while about 10 per cent of this workforce is stationed at Election Offices of the various BJP candidates across the State.

Initially, during the last week of April, an over-confident BJP IT team was taken aback with the Congress IT cell’s online blitzkrieg, led by former actress and Congress MP and now Congress IT cell head Divya Spandana aka Ramya. Spandana’s team unleashed a massive volley of digital posts that outsmarted the BJP online.

Stunned by the onslaught, the BJP top brass led by Amit Shah and Narendra Modi decided on the acquisition of an additional, emergency IT work force to supplement and complement the efforts of the existing BJP IT cell.  The new army does not report to the main boss Amit Malviya, but instead follows his footsteps from a discrete distance. In fact, till about a few days ago, Malviya himself was not aware of the existence of a new digital army. Modi and Shah wanted the new army to work completely independent of Malviya’s team and do their own work, silently and secretly.

The techies are being paid Rs 1500 to Rs 3500 per day, depending on their capability and hours of work. Super professionals or online campaign managers who are tasked with the job of motivating and co-ordinating with others in their teams are being paid Rs 5000 per day. Each individual is expected to work a minimum of 8 to 10 hours per day from home using his or her own laptop (or computer) and internet connection. There are at least 200 new Photoshop experts who are tasked with the job of creating digital memes and digital posters or designs praising the work of the BJP government in states where it is in power.

This army of digital professionals creates new, fake Facebook IDs, Pages, Groups and Twitter handles and share the posts and tweets emanating from official BJP sources and IT cell members. Each member has also been tasked with the job of creating a fake Facebook and Twitter ID and roping in friends (and friends of friends)  from his/her own friend list and then anonymously influencing them using digital tools, to vote for the BJP.

With the Karnataka Assembly elections just days away, on 12 May, the election campaigns of various political parties have gained momentum in the state and all parties are leaving no stone upturned to win the race.

The state is crucial for the Congress as Karnataka is one of the party’s last bastions. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is vying for a comeback in the state after it was defeated by the Congress in the 2013 Assembly elections in Karnataka. Faced with dwindling prospects in Uttar Pradesh, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is also eyeing a victory in the upcoming elections in Karnataka.

According to a post in The National Herald (NH), the battle for votes in Karnataka is being fought at many levels. On the ground it is an epic clash between Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi. In cyberspace a proxy war is waging between the two national parties led by two lesser-known warriors—Amit Malviya and Divya Spandana, the brains behind the social media attack forces of the BJP and the Congress. The sheer ferocity of the online combat is almost incredible. It is almost a non-stop carnage in the sky with unrestrained verbal allegations aimed at influencing the voters, says the NH.

But the Congress is still lagging far behind. The BJP has thousands of workers that outnumber the Congress team several times over. For every one Congress cyber warrior, the BJP has 5. The ratio of Congress to BJP cyber warriors as of today is 1:5.  Maybe, as the BJP is ruling in several States and has huge coffers and almost unlimited funds, it can afford to pay many more workers than the Congress can. But Rahul Gandhi and his core team must somehow find the funds to pay thousands of cyber professionals if he wants to win the cyber war against the BJP. Numbers count. Even if you run paid campaigns on social media, without actual or physical clicks, the campaigns won’t take off.

Unlike campaign rallies on the ground by candidates and leaders, the cyber war may be silent and invisible, but the impact is tangible and undeniable. The novelty factor of virtual world warfare makes it difficult to measure by conventional yardsticks. But the general impression is that the Congress is winning the Twitter war, whereas the BJP is still ahead in the WhatsApp platform.

On Facebook the latest indications are that the Spandana army has gained the upper hand over the Malviya brigade, claims the National Herald. What is really new about the high-tech warfare is that back in 2014 it was one-sided, with the Congress presence on social media virtually non-existent.

But this time is so different that that BJP party bosses are said to be sorely disappointed with Malviya and his team and are even thinking of a major re-staffing after the Karnataka elections to put up a better performance on the road to 2019. Is Malviya going to be kicked out after the Karnataka Elections? Watch this space for more…

BJP IT cell has over 300 members, 20K Facebook pages and 300 fake news portals, claims former member

New Delhi: In a startling revelation, a former BJP IT cell member has claimed that the whole BJP IT cell operates from the BJP head office 24 Ashoka Road, where around 300 people work, who perpetuate the propaganda and add fake content through the fake accounts, which later gets shared through the Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter.

Talking to YouTuber Dhruv Raathi, 27-year-old former IT cell member of BJP, Mahavir, hailing from Rajasthan said he worked in BJP IT Cell from 2012 to 2015, for which he was being paid 30 thousand rupees and facilitated with accommodation, food, travelling expense, internet connection etc.

Further elaborating Mahavir said that BJP spreads the false propaganda through social media to polarize the people, which later converts into the vote bank. He also confessed that he was responsible to spread the false propaganda after which a communal clash happened in Nagor district during 2012.

Mahavir exposed the strategy adopted by BJP IT cell, wherein they create famous fan pages on social media with trending names like ‘I support Indian Army’. A similar account named ‘I support Narendra Modi’  has around 15 million fan following and there are around 20 thousand such pages and over 300 fake news portal operated by the BJP IT cell workers.

According to his claim, the top 150 members of BJP IT cell get an opportunity to meet with the Prime Minister.

On the question regarding his responsibility in the IT Cell, Mahavir said, his main job was to ‘troll’ by adding the controversial terms like ‘Dalit‘, ‘Hindu‘ and ‘Musalman‘ in the content of the news, irrespective of the topic, that would provoke people.

Mahavir said both the Congress and BJP adopt the same policy and own their separate IT cells. “Congress always does the politics of fear; while BJP polarized the people on the basis of religion and caste” he added.


BJP has highest number of candidates with Criminal Records in Karnataka

New Delhi: According to a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), BJP occupies the first position in giving tickets to candidates with a criminal background in the forthcoming Karnataka assembly elections. ADR is a non-governmental organisation which works in the area of electoral and political reforms.

According to an article in The Wire, the ADR released the report after analysing the affidavits filed by 2,560 candidates. The analysis of affidavits has revealed that 391 candidates have criminal cases registered against them, stated Outlook.

“Among major parties, 83 (37%) out of 224 candidates from BJP, 59 (27%) out of 220 candidates analysed from Indian Nataional Congress, 41 (21%) out of 199 candidates analysed from Janata Dal (Secular) [JD(S)], five (20%) out of 25 candidates analysed from Janata Dal (United) [JD (U)], five (19%) out of 27 candidates analysed from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and 108 (10%) out of 1,090 independent candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits,” the report said.

“There are 254 (10%) candidates who have declared serious criminal cases registered against themselves, four candidates have declared case related to murder (Indian Penal Code Section 302) against themselves, and 25 candidates have declared cases related to attempt to murder (Indian Penal Code Section-307) against themselves,” said the report, adding that “23 candidates have declared cases related to crime against women.”

Those constituencies which which have three or more candidates with declared criminal cases are considered Red Alert constituencies by the ADR. There are 56 (25%) red alert constituencies in the forthcoming Karnataka Assembly Elections, the report added. It also says that around 35% of the candidates who were analysed ((883 out of 2,560) are crorepati.

Among major parties, 208 (93%) out of 224 candidates from BJP, 207 (94%) out of 220 candidates analysed from Indian National Congress, 154 (77%) out of 199 candidates analysed from JD(S), 13 (52%) out of 25 candidates analysed from JD(U), nine (33%) out of 27 candidates analysed from AAP and 199 (18%) out of 1,090 independent candidates have declared assets worth more than Rs one crore.

The average assets per candidate contesting in the Karnataka elections is Rs 7.54 crore. The average assets per candidate for 224 BJP candidates is Rs 17.86 crore, 220 Indian National Congress candidates have average assets of Rs 38.75 crore, 199 JD(S) candidates analysed have average assets worth Rs 20.91 crore, and 1,090 independent candidates have average assets of Rs. 1.58 crore.

Kolar district tops the ‘Red Alert’ list of constituencies, with six candidates facing criminal charges.

As regards educational qualifications, a report in the Hindu said that as many as 1,351 candidates have, in their affidavits, declared their educational qualification to be between Class V pass and Class XII pass.