Mumbai, February 17: Four days before the polling for Brihanmumbai Mahanagar Palika (BMC), the state Election Commission has decided to display a banner carrying the names of all candidates outside each and every polling booths, highlighting the criminal cases faced by them. After this move, the candidates will get an option to chose their candidates wisely.Also Read - NCB Official Sameer Wankhede’s Wife Writes to Maharashtra CM Uddhav, Says ‘Woman's Dignity Being Toyed, Balasaheb Wouldn’t Have Liked It’

Although the move which is welcomed by the common man across Mumbai, but the question is will this impact the decision of voters? The answer to this question will be public in a week from today. Also Read - No Firecrackers, Only Diyas: Maharashtra Govt Urges All To Celebrate Diwali By Lighting Lamps; Issues Guidelines

The Municipal Corporation Elections, including the BMC and PMC elections, will be conducted on February 21 and the results will be declared on February 23. Also Read - International Flights: Air India Announces Fresh Flight Schedule Between India and Thailand | Here’s How to Book Tickets

Also, a report released by two NGO’s – the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and the Maharashtra Election Watch (MEW) – on Thursday in its report said that 216 candidates contesting the BMC elections have criminal cases registered against them. Also Read – TMC elections 2017: Over 12 lakh voters in Thane as per final electoral list, says Election Commission

Both the group have conducted a detailed analysis of 1,641 of the 2,275 candidates’ who had submitted affidavits to the state election commission (SEC).

Out of 216 candidates who hold police record, 154 candidates have serious criminal charges like assault, murder, kidnapping, rape against them.

In the list, Shiv Sena has a large number of candidates who hold criminal record against them. Out of 173 candidates contesting the 2017 BMC Elections, 28 of them are facing serious criminal charges, the report said. The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) is on the second number with 22 such candidates. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have fielded 14 such candidates, while the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have fielded 16 candidates with criminal records.

The detail report also said that some candidates have multiple cases against them. Like Shiv Sena candidate Rajendra Suryawanshi, who is contesting from ward no – 184, has 12 criminal cases against him. Suryawanshi is accused of extortion, cheating, rioting and others. Similarly, an MNS candidate Ghanshyam Parab who is fighting elections from ward no 51 has six cases against him.

While speaking to Hindustan Times, Shiv Sena spokesperson Harshal Pradhan admitted that most of the criminal cases against some of their candidates were from the 1992-93 riots, while some of them were falsely implicated by the Congress-NCP government to weaken the party.

“Shiv Sainiks had taken to arms to save their people, for which we are proud,” Pradhan was quoted by Hindustan Times. The BMC Elections along with the polling across 25 Zilla Panchayat and nine other municipal corporation will take place on February 21, the results will be declared on February 23.