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Lok Sabha Polls Phase 4 Analysis: 23% candidates face criminal cases, 49% graduates

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Lok Sabha Polls Phase 4 Analysis: 23% candidates face criminal cases, 49% graduates

Lok Sabha Polls Phase 4 Analysis: 23% candidates face criminal cases, 49% graduates
We are halfway through the Lok Sabha elections. 302 seats have already voted while 241 will be going to polls in the remaining phases. Out of the 241, voting began on Monday across 72 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over nine states, mostly in the Hindi heartland, as the fourth phase of the mega seven-phase electoral exercise kicked off.
The states which are going to polls are Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir. Among the highlights will be six constituencies from India's financial capital, Mumbai.
The key candidates for Phase 4 are union minister Giriraj Singh, Kanhaiya Kumar, former union minister Milind Murli Deora, Akhilesh Yadav's wife Dimple Yadav, parliamentarian  Moon Moon Sen, Congress leader Salman Khurshid, Union Minister Babul Supriyo, Sanjay Dutt's sister and former parliamentarian Priya Dutt among others.
90 percent of the total 943 candidates in the fray for this round are men. Maximum candidates -- 53 percent -- are in the age group of 41-60 years. 31 percent fall in the age group of 24-40 years while 16 percent are in the age group of 61-80+ years.
23 percent of the total candidates have criminal cases against them.
In terms of wealth, 11 percent candidates have declared assets worth more than Rs 5 crore while 33 percent candidates have wealth less than Rs 10 lakh.
49 percent candidates have at least a graduation degree, while 44 percent have an education qualification between 5th class and 12th class. 4 percent mention themselves as 'literate' while 3 percent have 'other qualifications'.
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