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Chattisgarh: A brief profile of parties and candidates in 2013
Liberty Institute, India Friday, November 15, 2013

Nitu Maurya
Chattisgarh assembly election will be held in two phases, with polling on Nov 11, and Nov 19, 2013. This is a brief analysis of the political parties and their candidates. For more information, please visit www.EmpoweringIndia.org

Chhattisgarh Assembly Election 2013

A Brief Profile of Parties and Candidates

For more information, please visit www.EmpoweringIndia.org

There are nearly 1,000 candidates contesting the Chhattisgarh Assembly election 2013 for the 90 seats. The three national parties are contesting all the seats, with the BJP and INC putting up 90 candidates each, with the BSP fielding 89 candidates. There are 714 candidates belonging to other political parties.

There were 1066 candidates who had contested in the Chhattisgarh assembly election in 2008.  50 of the 90 candidates belonging to BJP, and 38 of the 87 INC had won. While only 2 of the 90 BSP candidates won.

Votes Polled: In 2008 Assembly election, Ajit Jogi (INC) from Marwahi constituency won the election with largest vote margin (42092). While, Nand Kumar Patel (INC) from Kharsia constituency won the election with lowest vote margin (1).

In 2003 Assembly election, Ajit Jogi (INC) from Marwahi won the election with largest vote margin (54150). While, Udai Mudliyar (INC) from Rajnandgaon constituency won the election with lowest vote margin (40).

Of the 90 constituencies, 29 constituencies, namely Bemetara, Bhanupratappur, Bhatapara, Bilaspur,, Chitrakote, Dharamjaigarh, Dharsiwa, Dongargaon, Dongargarh, Durg, Gunderdehi, Jagdalpur, Jashpur, Kanker, Kasdol, Katghora, Keskala, Kondagaon, Konta, Kota, Lormi, Marwahi, Masturi, Narayanpur, Pathalgaon, Premnagar, Raipur Rural, Rampur and Samri did not change their parties in both 2003 and 2008 Assembly election.  20 out of these 29 constituencies (Bhanupratappur, Bilaspur, Chitrakote, Dharamjaigarh, Dharsiwa, Dongargaon, Dongargarh, Durg, Gunderdehi, Jagdalpur, Jashpur, Kanker, Keskala, Kondagaon, Masturi, Narayanpur, Premnagar, Raipur Rural, Rampur and Samr) was held by BJP. While 9 constituencies (Bemetara, Bhatapara, Kasdol, Katghora, Konta, Kota, Lormi, Marwahi and Pathalgaon) have stayed with INC.

Average assets of candidates: The average asset per candidate contesting in the 2013 Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections is Rs.1.42 Crores. Among parties, the average asset per candidate for INC (90 candidates) is Rs.9.32 Crores, for BJP (90 candidates) candidates the average is Rs.1.95 Crores, for BSP (89 candidates) it is Rs.48.22 Lakhs.

In 2008 Assembly election, the average asset per candidate for INC (87 candidates) was Rs. 1.14 crore, for BJP (90 candidates) was Rs, 57 lakh and BSP (90 candidates) it was Rs.49 Lakhs.

Candidates PAN: In 2013 Assembly election, 427 (43%) out of 983 candidates have not declared their PAN details. 7 out of 90 candidates (8%) of INC, 10 out of 90 candidates (11%) of BJP and 33 out of 89 candidates (37%) of BSP have not declared their PAN details.

In 2008 Assembly election, 52 out of 87 candidates (60%) of INC, 61 out of 90 (68%) candidates of BJP and 63 out of 90 candidates (70%) of BSP had not declared their PAN details.

Candidates with Criminal Cases: In 2013 Assembly election, 113 out 983 (11%) candidates have acknowledged criminal case. Among parties, 18 out of 90 (20%) candidate of INC, 13 out of 90 (14%) candidates of BJP and 14 out of 89 (16%) candidates of BSP, 3 out of 40 (8%) candidates from SP and 11 out of 54 (20%) from CSM have acknowledged criminal cases.

In 2008 Assembly election, 4 out of 87 candidates (5%) of INC, 7 out of 90 candidates (8%) of BJP and 3 out of 90 candidates (3%) of BSP had acknowledged criminal cases.

Graduate Candidates: In 2013 Assembly election, 135 out of 983 (14%) candidates are graduate. Among parties, 18 out of 90 (20%) candidates of INC, 18 out of 90 (20%) candidates of BJP and 6 out of 89 (7%) candidates of BSP are graduate in the Chhattisgarh 2013 Assembly Elections.

In 2008 Assembly election, 16 out of 87 candidates (18%) of INC, 8 out of 90 candidates (9%) of BJP and 9 out 90 candidates (10%) of BSP were graduate.

Young Candidates (35 years and below): In 2013 Assembly election, 278 out of 983 (28%) candidates are young. Among parties INC has 7 out of 90 (8%) candidates, BJP has 7 out of 90 (8%) candidates and BSP has 24 out of 89 (30%) candidates.

In 2008 Assembly election, 6 out of 87 candidates (7%) of INC, 11 out of 90 candidates (12%) of BJP and 24 out of 90 candidates (27%) of BSP were young.

Contesting Women:  In 2013 Assembly election, 81 out of 983 (8%) women candidates are contesting. Among parties,  INC has fielded 14 out of 90 (15%) women candidates, BJP has 11 out of 90 (12%) and BSP has fielded 6 out 89 (7%) women candidates in 2013 Assembly election.

In 2008 Assembly election, INC had fielded 10 out of 87 (11%) women candidates,  5 out of 10 women candidates won the election, BJP had 10 out of 90 (11%) and 6 out of 10 women candidates won the election and BSP had fielded 8 out of 90 (9%) women candidates. None of the BSP women candidates won the election.

Party Abbreviations:  BJP - Bhartiya Janata Party, BSP - Bahujan Samaj Party, INC - Indian National Congress, SP -  Samajwadi Party

This article was published in the Liberty Institute on Friday, November 15, 2013.
Author : Ms Maurya is a research fellow at Liberty Institute, New Delhi.
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