Mumbai: An analysis of the affidavits of 836 candidates, out of the total 869 in fray for the ongoing polls in 10 municipal councils in Maharashtra, has revealed that 87 of them were facing criminal cases.
These cases include some serious charges like murder, rape, kidnapping and dacoity.
The analysis was conducted by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Maharashtra Election Watch (MEW).
These organisations also found that out of the 836 candidates (analysed so far), 108 are ‘crorepatis’.
Election to 10 municipal councils-- Dahanu, Hupari, Nandurbar, Navapur, Kinwat, Chikhaldara, Pandharkavda, Jat, Trimbak, Igatpuri-- are being held in three phases. While some of the councils went to polls on December 10, polling in some others is being held today. The last phase of the polls will be held on the coming Sunday (December 17).
Besides, bypolls for four councils- Ambejogai, Shahada, Mangurlpir and Jintur- are also being held simultaneously. ADR and MEW analysed the affidavits of 836 candidates. They said in a press release that affidavits of 33 candidates could not be analysed as they were not available. As per the party-wise analysis, the BJP tops the list with 27 candidates facing criminal charges, followed by the Congress with 13 and the Shiv Sena with eight nominees respectively, the press release said.