397 ‘crorepati’ candidates in fray for Gujarat polls

AHMEDABAD: As lots of as 397 crorepati candidates remain in the fray for the Gujarat assembly, an analysis of their election affidavits done by two NGOs has found.

Of the total 1,828 prospects trying their luck in the two-phased Assembly surveys, 1,098 candidates have actually passed class 12 or below. Likewise, there are only 118 ladies candidates in the fray, according to the report by the Association for Democratic Reforms () and Gujarat Election Watch ().

While 198 out of the total 977 prospects of the first phase have declared possessions worth more than Rs 1 crore, 199 candidates out of the total 851 of second stage have become ‘crorepati’ as per the analysis of their affidavits performed by the NGOs.

As per the study, 131 of these 397 ‘crorepati’ prospects have actually stated assets worth over Rs 5 crore, while 124 others have shown movable and stationary possessions in the series of Rs 2 crore to Rs 5 crore.

While the ruling BJP has actually offered tickets to 142′ crorepati’prospects, the opposition has fielded 127 such nominees. The NCP has provided tickets to 17 crorepati prospects, the Aam Aadmi Celebration (AAP) has fielded 13 such prospects and the BSP to five.

The report said that 56 independent prospects likewise fall under this classification. The staying ‘crorepati’ candidates belong to lesser recognized celebrations or outfits.

Congress candidate for Daskroi seat, Pankaj Patel has actually emerged as the most affluent candidate with declared possessions worth Rs 231.93 crore, it stated.

He is followed by another Congress nominee Indranil Rajyaguru of Rajkot-West seat who has actually stated possessions worth Rs 141.22 crore.

Rajyaguru is followed by BJP prospect for Botad seat Saurabh Patel. Patel, who is previous Gujarat financing minister, has actually stated assets worth Rs 123.78 crore, the report said.

BJP prospect and prominent businessman Dhanjibhai Patel of Wadhwan seat remains in the fourth location with stated assets of Rs 113.47 crore.

In a sharp contrast, six independent prospects have declared that they have ‘absolutely no’ movable or immovable possessions.

The report also suggests that as lots of as 13 prospects have stated that their annual earnings is more than Rs 1 crore, based on the last Tax return filed by them.

In terms of instructional certifications, the report said that as lots of as 1,098 candidates have either passed only Fifth, 8th, 10th or 12th class. 119 candidates pointed out that they were only literate, while 23 others stated that they were illiterate.

According to the report, of the 1,828 candidates, 118 were females. 658 candidates were in the age of 25 and 40 years, 889 in between ages of 41 and 60, while 193 of them were in between 61 and 80.

Voting for the very first stage of the polls began today, while polling for the 2nd stage will be held on December 14. Counting of elect both the phases will be hung on December 18.


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