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Added on : 2022-11-24 14:50:19

An analysis of the affidavits of 788 candidates, out of the total 788 in fray for the first phase of Gujarat Assembly polls, showed that 167 candidates, accounting for around 21 per cent, were facing criminal cases, according to two NGOs. The analysis has been carried out by the NGOs -- Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Gujarat Election Watch. It also showed that 100(13%) have declared serious criminal cases against themselves. 

Party wise Candidates with Criminal Cases:
Among the major parties, 32 (36%) out of 88 candidates analysed from AAP, 31(35%) out of 89 cand analysed from INC, 14 (16%) out of 89 candidates analysed from BJP and 4 (29%) out of 14 candidates analysed from Bhartiya Tribal Party have do criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

Party wise Candidates with Serious Criminal Cases: 
Among the major parties, 26(30%) out of 88 candidates analysed from AAP, 18(20%) out of 89 candidates analysed from INC, 11 (12%) out of 89 candidates analysed from BJP and 1 (7%) out of 14 candidates analysed from Bhartiya Tribal Party have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits

Candidates with declared cases related to crime against women: 
9 candidates have declared cases related to crime against women.

Candidates with declared cases related to murder: 
3 candidates have declared cases related to murder (IPC Section-302) against themselves.

Candidates with declared cases related to attempt to murder: 
12 candidates have declared cases related to Attempt to murder (IPC Section-307) against themselves.

Red Alert Constituencies: 
25(28%) out of 89 constituencies are Red alert constituencies. Red alert constituencies are those where 3 or more contesting candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves.

Crorepati Candidates: 
Out of the 788 candidates, 211 (27%) are crorepatis. In 2017 Gujarat Assembly Elections phase I, out of 923 candidates, 198 (21%) were crorepatis.

Party wise Crorepati Candidates: 
Among the major parties 79 (89%) out of 89 candidates analysed from BJP, 65(73%) out of 89 candidates analysed from INC and 33(38%) out of 88 candidates analysed from AAP have declared assets valued more than Rs 1 crore.

Average assets:
The average of assets per candidate contesting in the Gujarat Assembly Elections 2022 Phase is Rs 2.88 Crores. In 2017 Gujarat Assembly Elections Phase 1, average assets per candidate for 923 candidates was Rs.2.16 crores.

Party wise average assets: 
Among major parties, the average assets per candidate for 89 BJP candidates analysed is Rs. 13.40 Crores, 89 INC candidates analysed is Rs 8.38 Crores 88 AAP candidates have average assets of Rs 1.99 Crore and 14 Bhartiya Tribal Party candidates have average assets worth Rs 23.39 Lakhs.

Candidates with high liabilities: 
386(49%) candidates have declared liabilities in the affidavits.

Undeclared PAN: 
A total of 37(5%) candidates have not declared their PAN details.

Other Background Details

Education details of candidates: 
492(62%) candidates have declared their educational qualifications to be between "5 and 12" standard while 185 (23%) candidates have declared having an educational qualification of graduate or above. 21 candidates are Diploma holders. 53 candidates have declared themselves to be just literate and 37 candidates are literate.

Age details of candidates: 
277(35%) candidates have declared their age to be between 25 to 40 years while 431 (55%) candidates have declared their age to be between 41 to 60 years. There are 79(10%) candidates who have declared their age to be between 61 to 80 years and 1 candidate has declared he is more than 80 years old.

Gender details of candidates: 
69(9%) female candidates are contesting in the Gujarat assembly election 2022 Phase I. In 2017 Gujarat Assembly Elections Phase 1, 57(6%) out of 923 candidates analysed were women.

The first phase of the two-stage Assembly polls will be held on December 1 and the second phase on December 5. The counting of votes is scheduled on December 8.

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