The Gandhinagar Corporation is all set for voting across its 11 wards for 44 seats. Scheduled for October 3, BJP and Congress have fielded candidates for all the 44 seats, while AAP has fielded candidates for only 39 seats. The assets, education and age information on the 127 candidates fielding for these 44 seats from the three major political parties are as follows.
Wealth: Out of 44 BJP candidates, the families of 22 candidates have assets ranging from Rs 1 crore to Rs 45 crore. The lowest wealth is declared by Ushaben Thakore of Ward No-8, Rs 2.30 lakh. The wealth of six candidates is more than Rs 50 lakhs. Assets of nine candidates are in the range of Rs 20 lakhs to Rs 47 lakhs. While the assets of the remaining six candidates range from Rs 3 lakhs to Rs 17 lakhs.
Education: Speaking of education, among the BJP candidates, one has passed 6th standard, one has passed 7th standard, one has passed 8th standard, five candidates have passed 9th standard, five have passed 10 standards, 14 candidates have passed 12th standard and 16 candidates have studied in college and above. The top-most degree is that of Dr Sanket Panchasara from Ward No-9 who pursued MD Medicine. Candidate Daksha Makwana from Ward No-4 has not divulged her education details.
Age: Of a total of 44 candidates, 14 candidates are above 50 years of age, 19 candidates are between 40 to 50 years of age and 11 candidates are between 28 to 40 years of age. Among the BJP candidates, Mafatbhai Desai from Ward No-6 and Raju Patel from Ward No-9 are the senior-most, aged 58.
Wealth: The families of 15 of the 44 Congress candidates have assets ranging from Rs 1 crore to Rs 10 crore. The assets of 29 candidates range from Rs 1.70 lakh to Rs 93 lakh. The assets of nine candidates range from Rs 53 lakh to Rs 93 lakh. The assets of four candidates range from Rs 34 lakh to Rs 41 lakh, while the assets of seven candidates range from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 17 lakh.
Education: Here to, seven candidates are 10th pass, six candidates are 12th pass, 16 candidates have pursued graduation and above. Nine candidates are 9th pass, one candidate is 11th pass, one candidate is 8th pass, one candidate is 6th pass, one candidate has only studied till grade 2. Varshaben Hiteshkumar Zala of Ward No-6 is uneducated.
Age: In Congress too, eight out of 44 candidates are between the age group 29 and 35 years; 28 candidates are in the age group of 36 and 50 years, while eight candidates are in the age group of 51 and 60 years. Mehul Gamit of Ward No-3 is the youngest candidate, aged 29, while Mukesh Kumar Kanaiyalal Shah of Ward No-10 is the senior-most candidate at 60 years.
Wealth: The Aam Aadmi Party has a total of 39 candidates. Out of which nine candidates are millionaires, the assets of four candidates are between Rs 33 lakhs to Rs 91 lakhs. The assets of the three candidates are Rs 23 lakhs to Rs 39 lakhs. While there are six candidates with assets between Rs 6.50 lakhs to Rs 15 lakhs. Ten candidates have shown assets less than Rs 5 lakhs.
Education: Out of the 39 candidates, 18 candidates are graduates or above. Eight candidates are 12th pass while five candidates are 10th pass. Eight other candidates are not even 10th pass. Candidate Vandanaben Popatji Thakor of Ward No-4 in only 3rd pass while Naranbhai Ranchodbhai Patel of Ward No-11 is uneducated.
Age: Out of the 39 candidates fielded by AAP, 11 candidates are below 30 years of age, two candidates from Ward No-7 and Ward No-3 are only 23 years old. So, 22 candidates are in the age group, 31 and 49 years, while four, are in the age group of 50 and 52 years.