BJP’s  high-profile candidate from Gandhinagar, Amit Shah, who also happens to be the party’s national president, has claimed that his annual income is just about Rs 56 lakh, and his main sources of income are agriculture, rent and share market. Shah has also declared that he owns 40.32 crore of assets — 23.55 crore movable and Rs 16.77 crore immovable. 

In his self-declared affidavit, Shah has also said that he faces four serious cases, related to “mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy house, etc.” (IPC Section-436); “promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony” (IPC Section-153A); “imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration” (IPC Section-153B); and “criminal intimidation” (IPC Section-506).

Releasing these figures, advocacy groups Gujarat Election Watch and Association of Democratic Reforms show that, Jamnagar’s BJP candidate Punamben Madam’s annual income is Rs 1 crore — highest among all the candidates 371 candidates fighting on 26 Parliamentary constituencies in Gujarat.  Gujarat goes to polls on April 23.

The analysis, based on self-declared affidavits submitted to the Election Commission of India by candidates fighting the Lok Sabha polls, further shows that Congress candidate from Mehsana, AJ Patel, owns the highest amount of assets of all the 371 candidates, followed by BJP’s Chadrakant Patil (Navsari) and Anilbhai Patel (Mehsana) Rs 44 crore. In all, BJP has fielded 24, followed by Congress 23, “crorepati” candidatates.