- 17.64% of candidates are women, the highest among all the phases so far
- Candidates with self-declared criminal cases against themselves account for 35.3%
- Wealthy candidates dominate the list accounting for a whopping 95% of it
- 61.76% of candidates hold a graduate degree or higher
The fifth phase of the battle for Lok Sabha has ended and it’s time to take a look at those who’ve fought it. Team Neta has sampled the battlefield and analyzed self-sworn affidavits of 170 candidates fielded by the major parties. Ready for the big picture? Here it is…
The gender ratio has improved
Heartening news, isn’t it? Women accounted for almost 17.64% of the candidates contesting phase V. This is the highest percentage of women candidates among all the phases so far. Well, we know that’s nowhere close to 33%, but let’s appreciate it as the percentage of women candidates in the previous phases was abysmally lower.
Women power was displayed best in West Bengal where almost 33% of candidates in the fray were women! Let’s take a look at the parties that had a significant (or not) proportion of women among their candidates for phase V-
The richer, the better
Epictetus’ famous quote “wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants” clearly doesn’t apply to the world of politics where possessions and wants are directly proportionate. In Indian politics, having great possessions, and a desire for a ticket are not mutually exclusive. Among the candidates we sampled, wealthy candidates (lakhpatis and crorepatis, as we much prefer calling them) account for more almost 95%.
AITC tops the list of the parties fielding maximum crorepatis in phase V. The other parties, as you shall see below, are not far behind. Money truly matters here!
Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the richest of them all?
With declared assets worth Rs. 193 Cr., Poonam Sinha is richest of all the candidates contesting Phase V.
It’s not just the degrees in Celsius that are higher this season
We’re referring to the education profile of our sample. Take a look-
61.1% of candidates fielded in phase V hold a graduate degree or higher while 23.5% of them have studied up to 12th.
Candidates with self-declared what?
Criminal cases against themselves. Don’t believe us? Read this- 35.3% candidates fielded in phase V had self-declared criminal cases against themselves! Here are the parties in which they accounted for a significant proportion-
Do you wish these numbers were different? They can be if you choose to turn them around. All you have to do is make an informed choice before you vote. With Neta App, you now have that power on your fingertips.
That’s all for now! We’ll be back with another data-byte.