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40 newly elected MLAs in Gujarat polls have criminal cases against them: ADR

ByAnish Yande
Dec 12, 2022 09:44 AM IST

From 47 MLAs declaring criminal cases against themselves in 2017, the number of winning candidates with cases lodged against them fell to 40 (22%) in the 2022 Gujarat elections

In the recently-concluded assembly elections in Gujarat, 40 newly elected lawmakers have criminal cases registered against them with 29 winning candidates have serious criminal charges against them, a report by the association of democratic reforms (ADR) said on Sunday.

Serious criminal charges constitute non-bailable offenses with a maximum punishment of five years or more. (File image)
Serious criminal charges constitute non-bailable offenses with a maximum punishment of five years or more. (File image)

“Out of the 182 winning candidates analysed in 2022, 40 (22%) winning candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves. 29 (16%) winning candidates have declared serious criminal cases against themselves,” the report by ADR stated.

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From 47 MLAs declaring criminal cases against themselves in 2017, the number of winning candidates with cases lodged against them fell to 40 (22%) in the 2022 Gujarat elections.

From 182 MLAs elected to power during the Gujarat assembly elections in 2017, 33 (18%) MLAs had declared criminal cases, which also declined to 29 (16%) winning candidates with serious criminal cases in 2022.

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Serious criminal charges constitute non-bailable offenses with a maximum punishment of five years or more related to assault, murder, kidnapping, and rape.

From BJP’s 156 winning candidates, 26 MLAs have criminal cases lodged against them, whereas out of the Congress’ 17 victorious candidates, nine have cases filed against them.

Two winning candidates from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which has secured five seats, have declared criminal cases.

The solitary winning candidate from the Samajwadi Party (SP) also has a criminal case declared by him.

Meanwhile, the ADR report also stated the assets owned by the new legislators.

“Out of the 182 winning candidates analysed, 151 (83%) are crorepatis. In comparison to 2017, out of 182 MLAs analysed during the Gujarat assembly elections 2017, 141 (77%) MLAs were crorepatis,” the ADR report added.

The BJP led the charge in the highest number of crorepatis at 132 out of its 156 winning candidates.

14 candidates from Congress’ 17 winners and a single winning candidate each from the AAP and SP had declared themselves as crorepatis.

The average assets possessed by the 156 winning candidates from the BJP amounted to 17.15 crore. For the 17 INC winning candidates, the average assets per winning candidate amounted to 5.51 crore, whereas the average assets for AAP winning candidate was 98.70 lakh.

The single SP winning candidate has assets of 20.94 crore, and 3 independent winning candidates have average assets worth 63.94 crore.

Jayantibhai Somabhai Patel, the winning BJP candidate from the Mansa constituency of Gujarat, is the richest lawmaker with total declared assets of 661.3 crore, including 147 crore in moveable assets and 514.3 crore as immovable assets.

Balvantsinh Chandansinh Rajput, the second most prosperous winning candidate from the Sidhpur constituency, also to the BJP. He has declared his sources of income as business, trade, and agriculture, amounting to assets of over 372 crore.

With the exception of two independent candidates, the leading ten candidates with assets over 50 crore are all from the BJP.

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