Gujarat Elections 2017: 22% Congress, 13% BJP candidates face serious criminal charges

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally in Sanand on Sunday. PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally in Sanand on Sunday. PTI

The voting for the first phase of Assembly Elections in Gujarat is set to take place on Saturday.

Of the 851 candidates in the Poll-battle, the ADR's investigation of the affidavits of 822 recovered that 101strugle with criminal cases against them including 64 facing series allegations.

According the investigation, the ADR has recovered that 38 Congress candidates face serious criminal charges. The report said while the number of criminal cases against candidates may have come down from 2012, parties have started a "dangerous" trend of pitting a candidate with serious criminal cases against another with similar background.

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The party-wise investigation recovered that 13 of the 86 BJP nominees were facing serious criminal allegations, while the Congress gave tickets to 18 such nominees for the second phase Polls in the central and North Gujarat.

Moreover, the ADR has also analysed the financial assets and liabilities of the candidates and found that five candidates - three from the Congress and two from the BJP - have declared their assets are more than Rs. 100 crore.

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