As many as 397 crorepati candidates are in the fray for the Gujarat assembly elections, an analysis of their election affidavits done by two NGOs has found.Of the total 1,828 candidates trying their luck in the two-phased Assembly polls, 1,098 nominees have passed class 12 or below. Also, there are only 118 women candidates in the fray, according to the report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Gujarat Election Watch (GEW).While 198 out of the total 977 candidates of the first phase have declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore, 199 nominees out of the total 851 of second phase have emerged as ‘crorepati’ as per the analysis of their affidavits conducted by the NGOs.Also readWATCH | Gujarat Elections 2017: Cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara casts his vote in RajkotAs per the study, 131 of these 397 ‘crorepati’ candidates have declared assets worth over Rs 5 crore, while 124 others have shown movable and immovable assets in the range of Rs 2 crore to Rs 5 crore.While the ruling BJP has given tickets to 142 ‘crorepati’ candidates, the opposition Congress has fielded 127 such nominees. The NCP has given tickets to 17 crorepati candidates, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has fielded 13 such candidates and the BSP to five.Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | Congress asks for mobile jammers outside rooms guarding EVMs to prevent riggingThe report said that 56 independent candidates also fall under this category. The remaining ‘crorepati’ candidates belong to lesser-known parties or outfits.Congress candidate for Daskroi seat, Pankaj Patel has emerged as the wealthiest candidate with declared assets worth Rs 231.93 crore, it said.Also readGujarat Elections: ‘No question of any challenge’, says CM Vijay Rupani who’s contesting against richest candidate He is followed by another Congress nominee Indranil Rajyaguru of Rajkot-West seat who has declared assets worth Rs 141.22 crore.Rajyaguru is followed by BJP candidate for Botad seat Saurabh Patel. Patel, who is former Gujarat finance minister, has declared assets worth Rs 123.78 crore, the report said.BJP candidate and prominent businessman Dhanjibhai Patel of Wadhwan seat is in the fourth place with declared assets of Rs 113.47 crore.In a sharp contrast, six independent candidates have declared that they have ‘zero’ movable or immovable assets.The report also suggests that as many as 13 candidates have declared that their annual income is more than Rs 1 crore, based on the last Income Tax returns filed by them.In terms of educational qualifications, the report said that as many as 1,098 nominees have either passed only 5th, 8th, 10th or 12th class. 119 candidates mentioned that they were only literate, while 23 others declared that they were illiterate.According to the report, of the 1,828 candidates, 118 were women. 658 candidates were in the age group of 25 and 40 years, 889 between ages of 41 and 60, while 193 of them were between 61 and 80.Voting for the first phase of the polls began this morning, while polling for the second phase will be held on December 14. Counting of votes for both the phases will be held on December 18.
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Election Commission has barred the railways from publicising its new timetables and introducing new trains for poll-bound Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.A letter received by the ministry from the EC last week states that while the railways can go ahead with publishing the new timetables — ‘Trains at a Glance’ — and making it operational as planned on November 1, “no publicity shall be made in this regard”. Railway sources had earlier said that as many as 700 trains could see alterations in the new schedules because of changes in departure/arrival timings, enhanced speed and various other adjustments made by the transport behemoth in an effort to cut down travel time of long-distance trains.Many express trains have been made superfast as a result of which train numbers have been changed, which could create confusion among passengers. As of now, the railways has not been able to publicise these particular changes to inform the public, the sources said. Each zonal railway is ready with its own timetable, but is wary of publicising them because of the EC letter, the sources said. The railways also has a slew of new trains that would benefit several states, officials said.According to the EC letter, no new trains in these two states can be introduced or formally inaugurated till the model code of conduct is in place. Himachal Pradesh goes to polls on November 9, while the Assembly polls in Gujarat will be held in two phases on December 9 and December 14. “If passengers are having problems, the railway ministry is free to write to us again and we will review the matter,” a senior EC functionary told PTI.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan has once again scored well at Chartered Accountant final results with as many as 15 CA aspirants securing rank among top 50 across the country. Rishabh Rathi, a 21-year-old from Jodhpur, secures All India Rank 14, thus topping the state.“The key is to remain motivated till the end. I gave a normal preparation with about 10 to 12 hours everyday, which is given by all students. Lack of confidence and depression should be avoided, specially during one or two months before the examination. Even I felt the same, but could cope up with it because of my parents and my brother,”Rathi said.Rathi, who’s father Amarchand Rathi is a business man in Jodhpur, wants to pursue Chartered Financial Analysis course now but wants to fund it himself by working as a CA in a corporate job.“The course is very expensive so having a job is my priority,” Rathi explained. It is to be noted that as many as five students, namely, Riya Gupta, Deepak Kumar Madhani, Dhanesh Agarwal, Sakshi Jain, and Swati Khandelwal, from Jaipur secured ranks among top 50 in India.“I am happy and content with the result,” said Dinesh Kumar Jain, branch president, Jaipur.The passing percentage of students appearing for both groups from Jaipur declined from 12.51 per cent in November 2016 to 9.95 per cent in this attempt. On the contrary, the passing percentage of both groups overall India increased from 11.57 per cent to 22.98 per cent. The statistics reveals that the performance of the city has gone down significantly.The result of Common Proficiency Test (CPT), the first level of Chartered Accountant examination, reveals that as many as 817 students from Jaipur center cleared the examination, amounting to 40.52 per cent of total students appeared.