Panaji: Six out of the 28 candidates contesting elections in the state have criminal cases pending against them, the Association of Democratic Rights (ADR) revealed on Tuesday.
Sanjay Barde (NCP), Shekhar Naik (AAP) and Yogesh Khandeparkar (AAP) contesting the assembly constituency by-elections have criminal cases for offences relating to bouncing of cheques and sexual abuse.
Lok Sabha candidates Aishwaraya Salgaoncar (Ind), Rakhi Naik (Shiv Sena) and Elvis Gomes (AAP) have pending cases for abusing government servant, dishonour of cheques and corruption.
None of the candidates has advertised criminal offences in newspapers, said ADR. The electoral analysis outfit pointed out that as per the Supreme Court ruling, candidates with criminal records are required to publish at least three advertisements in local newspapers before the election date. However, the candidates have not complied with the same.
Bhaskar Assoldekar of ADR, Goa, said that the state Chief Electoral Officer has been informed of the candidates’ failure to publicise the criminal records. “With only five days left for canvassing, the time for candidates to advertise their criminal background is running out,” he said.
Meanwhile, 57 per cent of the 28 candidates contesting the Lok Sabha and the three constituency by-elections are crorepatis. Jit Arolkar, Independent from Mandrem, is the richest candidate with assets worth Rs 26 crore, followed by Dipak Dhavalikar (MGP), Shiroda, with assets worth Rs 16 crore. Francisco Sardinha (Cong), South Goa, has assets of Rs seven crore and Shripad Naik (BJP), North Goa, has assets of Rs six crore. Naik, the incumbent BJP MP from North Goa, has also shown healthy growth in his assets by 65 per cent over a period of five years, disclosed ADR.
In terms of education, of the 12 candidates contesting the Lok Sabha elections, Aishwarya Salgaonkar is 10th standard pass while the remaining candidates are either graduates or have higher qualifications.
On the other hand, candidates for the three assembly constituency by-elections have limited education. Of the 16 contestants fighting for the Mandrem, Mapusa and Shiroda seats, two have not completed their school education, three are SSC pass, six graduates, two with technical education, and three have not completed graduation.
Source:: The Navhind Times