Lok Sabha election: This BJP candidate from Kerala took 4 pages in newspaper to publish his criminal cases

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Updated: April 19, 2019 8:21:47 PM

From an attempt to murder to inciting violence to use of obscene language, a battery of cases has been registered against him.

BJP candidate from Pathanamthitta Lok Sabha seat, K Surendran (IE/File)

It required a four-page advertisement in a local daily to accommodate the list of criminal cases against Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate from Pathanamthitta Lok Sabha seat, K Surendran. The BJP candidate has as many as 240 criminal cases against him and the details of all of these cases have been published in a newspaper, which is the BJP mouthpiece in Kerala.

K Surendran led most of the protests in Sabarimala and was arrested for hindering the entry of an old woman into the temple. Almost 90 per cent of the cases registered against him is related to Sabarimala temple. He has cases registered against him in almost all the districts of Kerala.

According to the cases published, Surendran has 68 cases registered against him in Kollam district, 30 cases in Pathanamthitta, 56 cases in Alappuzha, 33 cases in Kasaragod, three cases in Thiruvananthapuram, 17 cases in Idukki, 13 cases in Ernakulam, eight cases in Kottayam, six cases in Thrissur, two cases in Kozhikode, and one case each in Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur districts.

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From an attempt to murder to inciting violence to use of obscene language, a battery of cases has been registered against him.

What makes his case even more unique is the fact that he has disclosed an annual income of Rs 2,15,600 in his nomination papers for the financial year 2018-19 and he has filed the income tax return for this period. His annual income was Rs 2,21,000 in the financial year 2017-18. Moreover, his annual income has never crossed Rs 2.75 lakh per annum in the last five financial years, as per the documents he has submitted.

The Election Commission has prescribed an expenditure of Rs 75 lakh per candidate per constituency in Lok Sabha elections. Interestingly, K Surendran’s four-page advertisement in the newspaper would have cost him much more than his income and if this expenditure is taken into account, he would be on the verge of exhausting the election expenditure limit as set by the ECI.

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