Out of the 80 candidates within the fray for the November 3 Gujarat Assembly by-election, 18 per cent have declared felony circumstances towards themselves, in response to a report by ballot rights group Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).
The report, which additionally offers particulars of the monetary background of candidates, mentioned a complete of 20 or 25 per cent of them have declared monetary belongings value crores.
While 81 candidates are contesting the elections, the report is predicated on an evaluation of affidavits furnished by 80 of them.
Seven or 9 per cent of the candidates have declared severe felony circumstances towards themselves, whereas 14 or 18 per cent have declared felony circumstances towards themselves, the ADR report mentioned.
Serious felony circumstances are non-bailable offences with over 5 years of imprisonment.
According to the report, one (50 per cent) out of two candidates analysed from Bhartiya Tribal Party (BTP), three (38 per cent) out of eight candidates analysed from BJP, two (25 per cent) out of eight candidates analysed from Congress and eight (15 per cent) out of 53 Independent candidates have declared felony circumstances towards themselves of their affidavits.
Two (25 per cent) out of eight constituencies are purple alert constituencies, the place three or extra contesting candidates have declared felony circumstances towards themselves.
“The directions of the Supreme Court have had no effect on the political parties in selection of candidates as they have again followed their old practice of giving tickets to around 18 per cent candidates with criminal cases,” the report mentioned.
“All major parties contesting the Gujarat by-elections have 25-38 per cent candidates who have declared criminal cases against themselves,” it mentioned.
The Supreme Court had in February requested political events to present causes for choosing candidates with a felony background and why different people with out felony antecedents couldn’t be chosen.
The particulars of the monetary background of the candidates had been additionally given within the report.
“Out of the 80 candidates, 20 (25 per cent) are crorepatis. Eight (100 per cent) of eight candidates analysed from BJP, 6 (75 per cent) out of eight candidates analysed from Congress and 6 (11 per cent) out of 53 Independent candidates have declared assets worth over Rs 1 crore,” the report said.
The common belongings per candidate is Rs 1.16 crore, it mentioned.
“Among major parties, the average assets per candidate for eight Congress candidates analysed is Rs 4.38 crore, for eight BJP candidates analysed is Rs 2.52 crores, two BTP candidates have average assets of Rs 17.85 lakhs and 53 Independent candidates have average assets of Rs 70.52 lakhs,” it added.
Bypolls in Abdasa, Limbdi, Morbi, Dhari, Gadhada, Karjan, Dang and Kaprada meeting seats in Gujarat had been necessitated after the sitting Congress MLAs resigned.
The counting of votes will happen on November 10.
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