40 percent Gujarat ministers face criminal cases

New Delhi : Ten out of 25 ministers in Gujarat’s new cabinet have criminal charges, with half of them accused of murder, attempt to murder and robbery, according to the Gujarat Election Watch and ADR.

The Gujarat Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) analysed the self-sworn affidavits of all 25 ministers including Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, the ADR said in a statement on Wednesday.

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“Of the 10 ministers who have declared criminal cases, five have declared serious criminal cases. These include murder, attempt to murder, robbery and dacoity,” it said.

Of the 25 ministers, 21 (84 per cent) are crorepatis, with average assets worth Rs 7.81 crore.

The minister with the highest declared total assets is Parshottmbhai Odhavjibhai Solanki from Bhavnagar Rural constituency with assets worth Rs 37.61 crores.

He is followed by Vallabhbhai Gobarbhai Kakadiya who has assets worth more than Rs 28 crore and Rohitbhai Jashubhai Patel with assets worth more than Rs 23 crore.

A total of 18 ministers have declared liabilities, out of which the minister with the highest liabilities is Jayeshbhai Vithalbhai Radadiya from Jetpur constituency (Rs 7.94 crore).

He is followed by Vallabhbhai Gobarbhai Kakadiya (liabilities of more than Rs 5 crore) and Parshottmbhai Odhavjibhai Solanki (more than Rs 3 crore).