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Dubious characters running for state elections in India

Dubious characters running for state elections in India

UTTAR PRADESH, India: Provincial elections in India's largest and most populous state is seen as a barometer of the sentiment in the rest of the country. But the large number of dubious characters standing for elections in Uttar Pradesh seems to have put off voters. Links between politicians and the mafia run deep in Uttar Pradesh. About 30 candidates standing for elections are either hardcore criminals or have links to organised crime syndicates. Political parties co-opt criminals because they are able to bully voters, and bring in funds in return for cabinet portfolios once the polls are over. The law is a little lax when it comes to convicts participating in elections. Only those convicted for over two years are barred from contesting. The result is that people who have dozens of cases registered against them, ranging from murder to rape to rioting, can stand for electi...

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