10% candidates in Surat have a criminal record

SURAT: At least 10% of candidates out of the total 484 contesting election for the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) have criminal cases registered against them. Opposition Congress has fielded the highest 17% candidates with criminal cases against them followed by Aam Aadmi Party (8%) and BJP (6%).

This was revealed following an analysis of the declarations submitted by the candidates by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).
On the other hand, the ruling BJP has the highest number of crorepati candidates, 50 (44%). “The three richest candidates in this years election are from the BJP,” said city-based RTI activist Krishnakant Chauhan, who along with Ajay Jangid analysed the data for ADR.
Of the total 484 candidates, ADR representatives analysed 113 BJP, 106 Congress and 103 AAP candidates besides some of the smaller parties and independent candidates.
“Congress had fielded the highest number of candidates with a criminal record that is 18. It is followed by AAP with 8 and BJP has 7 candidates with criminal cases,” said Chauhan. Of the total candidates 5% (23) candidates have serious criminal cases against them which attract imprisonment of five years or more if convicted. Out of all the candidates, 12 (3%) are in the age group of 21 to 24 years, 359 (79%) are between 25 to 50 years age while 81 (18%) are in 51 to 70 year age group.

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