According to an analysis of the candidates who are contending the upcoming Telangana elections, a little less than 50% of the candidates are facing criminal charges against them. Surprisingly, Telangana’s Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao is also facing a criminal charge against him.
An independent group of civil society organisations has done this analysis. The group is working under the name of “Telangana election watch 2018”. The group has analysed candidates of every major party in the state including Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress-Telugu Desam Party (TDP)-TJS-CPI combine and the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM). The group has analyzed 365 candidates, and 181 among of them are facing criminal charges against them.
Ruling party leader and Chief Minister CS Rao, his nephew T Harish Rao, his son KT Rama Rao are facing criminal charges too. Not just CM, his ministers are under suspect too. Ministers Jogu Ramanna, P. Srinivas Reddy, Etela Rajender and Talasani Srinivas Yadav are the big names who are named are included in Police’s files and the election commission list.
Not just the ruling, other major parties' presidents are facing the charges, too. Congress’s leader N Uttam Reddy, BJP’s state president K Laxman, MIM’s supremo Akbaruddin Owaisi are facing charges.
The party which is most deep under the water is MIM. Seven out of eight candidates of MIM are facing criminal charges.
M. Padmanabha Reddy, a member of the organisation, said, “In our analysis, some candidates are having cases registered during the Telangana agitation, and some have criminal cases and few others have cases of both the types.”