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At Rs 644 cr, BJP has lion's share of donations in Gujarat

Last updated on: October 16, 2012 18:07 IST

At Rs 644 cr, BJP has lion's share of donations in Gujarat

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Vicky Nanjappa

As Gujarat braces for an election this year, it would be interesting to see the donations received by the political parties in the state, and the list of candidates who have a criminal background, says Vicky Nanjappa

An analysis of the total income and donations prepared by the Association for Democratic Reforms and the Gujarat Election Watch shows that the Indian National Congress has shown a total income of Rs 183.82 crore in Gujarat compared with the Bharatiya Janata Party's income of Rs 644.77 crore in the state over four years from 2007-08 to 2010-11.

The report also shows that the highest share of donations from the total income among the two national parties is for the BJP (83.75 per cent) while the INC has shown that their share of donations received from the total income is a mere 12.31 per cent.

The INC has received close to 1,171 crore from 'sale of coupons'.  It has declared its total number of contributions to be 916 between 2007-2008 and 2010-2011.

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Image: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi
Photographs: Courtesy: Narendra Modi's website

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The top three donors

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2009-2010

Indian National Congress

General electoral trust: Rs 13.95 crore

Electoral Trust: Rs 5.64 crore

Infrastructure Development and Consultant (I) (P) Ltd: Rs 5.50 crore

Bharatiya Janata Party:

General electoral trust: Rs 16.60 crore

M/s Asianet V Holding Pvt Ltd: Rs 10 crore

Torrent Power Ltd: Rs 5.50 crore

2010-2011

Indian National Congress

Torrent Power Ltd:  Rs 2.3 crore

Russel Credit Ltd: 1.5 crore

ITC Ltd: 0.5 crore

The BJP

Torrent Power Ltd: Rs 3 crore

Sai Regency Power Corporation Pvt Ltd: Rs 1.2 crore

Lodha Construction: Rs 1 crore

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Image: Supporters of the Congress listen to speech by party chief Gandhi during election campaign rally ahead of state assembly elections at Rajkot
Photographs: Amit Dave/Reuters

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The candidates

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During the assembly elections in 2007, a total of 1,268 candidates contested, of which the data of 544 candidates was analysed. Out of the 544 candidates analysed by the Gujarat Election Watch, 124 have pending criminal cases against them.

The INC had 50 out of 172, the BJP had 36 out of 180, Independent Labour Party had 20 out of 100 (and the Bahujan Samaj Party had 9 out of 54 (17 per cent of total analysed) candidates with pending criminal cases.

Out of these, 124 candidates had pending criminal cases, 48 had pending serious criminal cases such as murder, attempt to murder, rape, kidnapping, robbery, extortion etc. The BJP had 19, the INC had 15, and the IND had 7 candidates with pending serious criminal cases.

There were 113 Indian Penal Code charges of serious nature on the candidates which included murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, theft etc.

A total of 117 candidates out of 544 analysed, i.e. 22 per cent were crorepatis, while 6 candidates declared zero assets. A total of 10 candidates out of 544 analysed declared liabilities of Rs 1 crore or above.

Among major parties, the average asset per candidate for the INC was approximately 4.14 crore each, for the BJP it was 1.44 crore and for the BSP it was 22.96 lakh.

Forty four per cent of candidates (242 of 544 analysed) did not furnish PAN card etails. The total number of women candidates who contested in the Gujarat assembly elections 2007 was a mere 88 compared with 1,180 male candidates, i.e. only 7 per cent of the candidates were women.


Image: Supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party attend an election campaign rally being addressed by Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi, in Ahmedabad
Photographs: Amit Dave/Reuters

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