It’s raining Crorepatis this election. Of the 210 candidates fielded for the upcoming Delhi Assembly election by Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)and Aam Aadmi Party(AAP), 68 per cent have declared assets worth between Rs. 1 to Rs. 80 crore.
Congress leads the pack with 54 of its 70 candidates having assets worth between Rs. 1 and nearly Rs. 73 crore. BJP is a close second with 48 crorepatis and AAP has 41 candidates with assets worth between Rs. 1 and Rs. 58 crore. The average wealth of an AAP candidate, however, is just Rs. 5.82 crore, compared to about Rs. 12 crore of BJP, which includes assets of Manjinder Singh Sirsa — candidate of BJP ally SAD — and Rs. 11.37 crore of Congress.
Nearly every third candidate of the total 673 is a businessman or businesswoman. Among the top three political parties too, business seems to be the most common profession of candidates. Half of BJP’s candidates are businessmen/women and the figure is 32 for Congress and 20 for AAP.
The 2nd most common profession after business is social work, both among all the candidates and those fielded by these three political parties. There are also a sizeable number of lawyers, teachers and doctors in fray.
The average age of a candidate is 45 years and both AAP and BJP too have the most number of candidates in the age bracket of 40 to 49 years. Most Congress candidates, however, are in the 50-59 years bracket. The average age of a BJP candidate is nearly 52. AAP has younger candidates with an average age of about 43 years.
When it comes to education, an impressive number of candidates — 295 — are graduates or more qualified. However, the number of those who are 10th pass or less, is 275. Among the parties, AAP has the most educated candidates — 48 — who are graduate or more qualified, followed by BJP at 47, while Congress has 39 such candidates.