Gujarat nominees with criminal records on the rise, AAP fields max at 36% | Gujarat Election News

AHMEDABAD: One in five candidates entered the competition in the early stages of the election. Gujarat parliamentary elections faces criminal charges, according to an analysis of 788 candidates for 89 seats conducted by the Association for Democratic Reform (ADR).
The analysis found that 21% of all candidates in the first phase had criminal records, up from 15% in these seats in the 2017 election. What matters is the proportion of those facing criminal charges. Severity increased from 8% in 2017 to 13% in these polls. These offenses include electoral misdemeanors, financial loss, assault, murder, kidnapping and rape.
Among political parties, AAP has the largest number of candidates committing crimes. Of the 88 candidates put forward by the party, 36% have criminal records and 30% face serious charges.
Among the Conference of nominees, 35% are facing criminal charges and 20% are dealing with serious charges. For BJP16% of its candidates face criminal charges and 12% of them face felony charges.
In the initial phase of the 2017 poll, Congress had 36% of the candidates guilty, BJP 25% and AAP 11%.
Constituencies with three or more candidates with criminal records also increased from 22 in 2017 to 25 in 2022.
Of the 15 candidates in the Limbdi constituency in the 2022 poll, seven have criminal cases against them. In other constituencies, known by the ADR as ‘red alert areas’, the situation is no different. In the Karanj seat in Surat district, four of the eight candidates have criminal records, while three of the four above Dediapada in Narmada district facing criminal charges.


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