BMC polls: 51% candidates lost their deposits
According to data, the candidates collectively forfeited Rs43.63 lakhUpdated: Feb 27, 2017 11:26 IST
About 180 candidates from the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), Samajwadi Party (SP) and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) lost their deposits for polling one-sixth of the total votes polled in their wards. Around 90 candidates from the Congress, 20 from the Shiv Sena and 45 from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could not secure the votes needed to retain their deposits. As many as 200 independents lost their deposits.
Each candidate has to pay Rs5,000 as a deposit when they file a nomination for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls. Women, SC/ST and OBC candidates must pay Rs2,500.
According to State Election Commission (SEC) rules, if the candidate is unable to secure one-sixth of the total votes polled in the electoral ward, he will lose his deposit.
Of the 2,275 candidates who contested the civic polls last week, 1,162 or 51% of the candidates forfeited their deposits. According to data, the candidates collectively forfeited Rs43.63 lakh. A total of 51,03,913 votes were polled in the 227 electoral wards.
Data released on Thursday shows that 19 candidates who contested from ward 139 in M/East (Shivaji Nagar, Govandi) collectively lost Rs92,500 – the largest sum lost in any of the city’s 227 wards. SP candidate Akhtar Abdulrazaq Kureishi secured more than 6,000 votes, defeating the other 21 candidates.
In T ward (Mulund), where the BJP swept all six seats, as many as 62 candidates forfeited their collective deposit amounting to more than Rs2 lakh.
According to data analysed by HT, more than 10 candidates have lost their total deposit — about Rs22.52 lakh — in 42 electoral wards. On the lowest end of the scale, only two candidates each had to forfeit their deposit in about 14 electoral wards
“The money goes to the BMC’s treasury, which spent money to conduct the election. As a large number of candidates contested, we expected a large sum by way of deposits forfeited,” said a senior SEC official. The BMC spent Rs70 crore to conduct the election held on February 21.
During the 2012 civic polls 1,576 of the 2,232 candidates who contested lost their deposits. This means more than 70% of the candidates did not get their money back.
First Published: Feb 27, 2017 11:25 IST