211 ‘crorepatis’ in fray for first phase of Gujarat polls; with 79 such candidates, BJP tops list | India News

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AHMEDABAD: Of the 788 candidates contesting 89 seats in the first phase of Gujarat Assembly polls, 211 are ‘crorepatis’, with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accounting for 79 such nominees, the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said in a report on Thursday. With this, 27% of the total number of candidates in the fray have assets worth more than Rs 1 crore.
The BJP, which is contesting all 89 seats, have 79 candidates or 89% of its nominees with assets above Rs 1 crore, followed by the opposition Congress with 65 candidates at 73% and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) with 33 candidates at 38%. The AAP is fighting 88 seats.
While the average assets per candidate contesting in the first phase of the election is Rs 2.88 crore, Ramesh Tilala, who is contesting from the Rajkot South Assembly constituency as a BJP candidate is the richest one with the total declared assets of Rs…

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