Shiv Sena tops list of candidates with criminal background in Maharashtra legislative council polls

ADR and Maharashtra Election Watch have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 51 out of 52 candidates who are contesting in Maharashtra Legislative Council biennial elections.

Published: 22nd June 2018 05:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd June 2018 05:55 AM   |  A+A-

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MUMBAI: Shiv Sena has the maximum number of candidates with serious cases against them, Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has said after analyzing affidavits filed by the candidates for the legislative council elections.

ADR and Maharashtra Election Watch have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 51 out of 52 candidates who are contesting in Maharashtra Legislative Council biennial elections from two Graduates and two Teachers Constituencies being held on June 25.

The affidavits were analysed for criminal background, assets, liabilities and income of the candidates and their educational qualifications.

Interestingly 12 percent of the candidates contesting for the teachers' constituency have declared criminal cases against them, the number is 20 per cent in the graduates' constituency.

While Shiv Sena tops the list of candidates with criminal background with two of its three candidates on the list, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has its sole candidate Najeeb Suleman Mulla contesting from Konkan Graduates constituency who has serious crimes like abetment of suicide registered against him.

While 43 per cent of the candidates are crorepatis, that include all candidates of the BJP and the Shiv Sena and one candidate of the NCP. The percentage of crorepati candidates is 12 per cent in Teachers' constituency while it is 44 per cent in the graduates' constituency.

Interestingly there are three candidates who have declared assets lower than Rs 2 lakh and the lowest among them, Adv Arun Ambedkar from Konkan Graduates' constituency has declared assets worth only Rs 7000.As many as 79 per cent candidates have declared liabilities (loans) with maximum among them standing at over Rs 11 crore.

Only 12 percent of the 51 candidates have declared income more than Rs 25 lakh.While 24 per cent candidates are between 31 to 40 years of age, 41 per cent are between 41 to 50 years and 24 per cent between 51 to 60 years.

On the educational qualification front 1 (2%) candidate is 10th Pass, 16 (31%) candidates are Graduates, 14 (28%) candidates are Graduate Professional, 16 (31%) candidates are Post Graduate and 3 (6%) have Doctorate.

Of the 51 candidates analysed 47 are men while 4 are women.Box. Candidates with Criminal Cases8 (16%) out of 51 analyzed candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves.

Candidates with Criminal CasesShiv Sena -2 (67%) out of 3Lok Bharti - 1 (50%) out of 2 NCP - 1 (100%) out of 1Candidates with Serious Criminal CasesNajeeb Mulla (NCP) Konkan Graduates Constituency - Abetment of Suicide, Cheating, Forgery, etc.Constituency wise Candidates with declared Criminal CasesTeachers - 3 (12%) out of 26.Graduates - 5 (20%) out of 25Financial Background Crorepati - 23 (45%) out of 51.

Party wise Crorepati Candidates: Shiv Sena - 3 (100%) of 3.BJP - 3 (100%) of 3. NCP - 1 (100%) of 1. Constituency wise Crorepati CandidatesTeachers - 12 (46%) out of 26Graduates - 11 (44%) out of 25Average AssetsRs. 4.70 Crore +.High AssetsPratap Narayanrao Sonawane (IND) Nashik Teachers' Constituency - Rs. 58 Crores+.Low AssetsAdv. Arun Nathuji Ambedkar (IND) Konkan Graduates' Constituency - Rs. 7 Thousand+.Candidates with high Liabilities: Chandan Chittaranjan Sharma (IND) Mumbai Graduates Constituency - Rs. 11.95 crores+. Candidates with High Income as declared in ITR6 (12%) out of 51 With total annual income of more than Rs. 25 lakhs+.

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