(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
October 18, 2009
Reality Meets Bollywood
has been the staple
fare of Bollywood films – the criminal-builder-politician nexus. The
state assembly polls in
These details have been compiled from the data of the 470 candidates of different political parties out of the total 705 candidates, compiled by Maharashtra Election Watch, which has bodies like Association for Democratic Reforms, Public Concern for Government Trust and other NGOs. They are still compiling the details provided by the Independent candidates.
“Our survey has thrown up interesting results – while the number of crorepati candidates have gone up (since the last elections), the number of people with criminal background contesting elections, have come down slightly,” said Ajit Ranade of Maharashtra Election Watch.
The maximum number of criminal cases against a candidate is 23 and is that of Independent candidate Bhavesh Bhinde, who is contesting from Mulund. The famous gangster Arun Gawli, who is president of Akhil Bharatiya Sena, has nine pending cases against him. Gawli is a sitting MLA from Chinchpokli and is now contesting from Byculla. As per the Election Watch data, the total number of candidates with criminal records in these 60 seats is 126. Of these, MNS has maximum candidates with criminal records – 24. Shiv Sena follows closely at 22 with BJP at 9, Congress 8 etc. Among the 122 crorepati candidates, Congress has maximum with 22 followed closely by Shiv Sena and MNS with 19 each. The BJP has 12 and NCP 8. Among the high profile builders include Raj Thackeray, Manohar Joshi, Congress minister Suresh Shetty, Mumbai NCP chief Sachinn Ahir etc.
criminal-builder-politician nexus has been operating in Mumbai for the
many years, what is new is the scale and their blatant attempt at
legitimisation through elections. Moreover, the overt distinction is
quite blurred with many leading politicians turning themselves or
family members into builders. And this nexus is now spreading to all
major cities of Maharashtra – Nashik, Pune,
recent classic example
is the repealing of Urban Land Ceiling Act by the government of