news post by Ankush on 02 Dec 2017,Saturday
BJP has fielded the most number of crorepati candidates in Gujarat for the first phase of Assembly elections with 76 of the total 198 such candidates, an Association for Democratic Reforms’ report stated. This is followed by Congress with 60, while 25 crorepati candidates are contesting independently. Meanwhile, Congress has fielded the most number of candidates with criminal cases.
An analysis of affidavits of 923 candidates by ADR shows that Congress has 31 (36%) candidates having criminal cases whereas ruling BJP which has fielded 22 (25%) candidates with criminal record.
Mayawati’s BSP, which is contesting 60 seats in the first phase, has nominated eight such candidates while the NCP has three nominees with criminal past out of 28.
Bhartiya Tribal Party president and candidate from Dediyapada Mahesh Vasava has a murder case registered against him. He faces as many as 23 cases which include murder, dacoit and robbery. The Congress has given 5 tribal reserved seats to this party, which has tribal stalwart Chhotubhai Vasava as a candidate from Jhagadia.
Chhotubhai, father of Mahesh, left the JD(U) after cross voting for the Congress candidate Ahmed Patel in August Rajya Sabha elections.
The ADR has marked 21 constituencies as sensitive given that each of these seats have minimum three candidates with criminal cases. With seven such candidates, Jamnagar North seat tops the chart.