Mumbai: Out of over 3,500 candidates contesting the Maharashtra Assembly Elections, nearly 600 have criminal cases pending against them while 500 are crorepatis, according to a survey.
The data released by National Election Watch, an umbrella group of about 1,200 NGOs, shows a total of 588 candidates having criminal cases against them. Shiv Sena has the maximum 98 such candidates out of 153, followed by BJP that has 66 out of 114 candidates and MNS 81 out of 114 contestants.
The report says there are 461 candidates, who have declared assets in crores. A highest of 83 out of 112 crorepatis candidates are from NCP, followed by Congress which has fielded 103 `rich` candidates out of 164.
Among the 114 BJP candidates, 59 have declared their assets worth crores, Shiv Sena has 69 crorepati candidates while the number for MNS and BSP is 34 and 17, respectively.
The report was made after analysis of affidavit filed by 2,069 candidates (out of a total 3,559) from 288 constituencies in 35 districts of Maharashtra.
NEW, which is working on electoral reforms, also assessed the PAN card details and qualifications details among others.