32 pct of Gujarat poll candidates are 'crorepatis': report

Gujarat poll

Thirty-two per cent of the candidates contesting the Gujarat Assembly polls are "crorepatis", an analysis done by National Election Watch has revealed.

301 candidates, out of the 940, whose affidavits were analysed, are crorepaties, it said.

Gujarat Election Watch, the state chapter of NEW, analysed affidavits of 940 candidates, out of 1,666 contesting the state polls (in both phases) and released an analysis report.

The analysis report also said the percentage of the crorepati candidates contesting the Gujarat assembly elections has gone up to 32 per cent as compared to 21 per cent in the 2007 state polls.

Among the major parties, the average asset per candidate for Congress was Rs 7.17 crore, BJP (Rs 5.47 crore), NCP (Rs 4.36 crore), Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) (Rs 1.13 crore), BSP (Rs 46.24 lakh), SP (Rs 22.31 lakh) and for JD-U (Rs 17.87 lakh), reveals the NEW analysis.

The top three candidates, who declared highest assets are from Congress: Balvantsinh Rajput from Sidhpur with Rs 268 crore, followed by Indranil Rajguru from Rajkot East with Rs 122 crore and Javahar Chavada from Manavadar at Rs 82 crore.

While, the top three candidates with highest liabilities were Balavantsinh Rajput with Rs 52.33 crore, followed by Indranil Rajguru at Rs 27.14 crore and Jitendra Somani, a BJP candidate from Wankaner with Rs 17.69 crore.

Nine crorepati candidates did not declare their PAN details, a NEW member said.

While, 214 out of 940 (23 per cent) candidates analysed in the state Assembly elections have not declared their PAN details, he said.

A comparative analysis of re-contesting MLAs in both phase I and II by NEW reveals that 170 candidates (who contested 2007 polls) are back in fray for the Gujarat Assembly elections.

The average assets of re-contesting candidates in 2012 elections stood at Rs 7.13 crore, while the average assets of candidates fielded by various parties in 2007 state polls was at Rs 1.85 crore, as per the analysis report.

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