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One-third in fray from Delhi are crorepatis: Report

PTI  New Delhi, April 03, 2014
First Published: 01:36 IST(3/4/2014) | Last Updated: 01:41 IST(3/4/2014)

Almost one-third of the 150 candidates who are in the fray for seven Lok Sabha seats in the Capital are crorepatis with the average assets per candidate contesting from Delhi being `3.09 crore, says a report.

Union minister Kapil Sibal is the  richest of them with assets worth over `114 crore, according to the report by Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Delhi Election Watch (DEW). The analysis is based on the self-sworn affidavits of all the 150 candidates.

Ramanuj Patel, who is contesting from Samyak Parivartan Party, is the poorest and has declared `100 as his assets.

In the category of crorepati candidates, Sibal is followed by sitting MP and Congress candidate from West Delhi Mahabal Mishra (`38 cr) and BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi (`34 cr), who is contesting from New Delhi constituency.

Party-wise, all the seven candidates of Congress, six candidates each of BJP and AAP and three candidates of BSP have declared assets worth over `1 crore.

Four out of five candidates in All India Trinamool Congress too have assets worth over `1 crore, said the report.

“Among major parties, the average assets of Congress candidates is `28.29 crore, seven BJP candidates have an average assets of `12.60 crore and seven AAP candidates have average assets of `3.01 crore,” it added.

As many as 11 candidates have more than `10 crore worth of assets, while a total of 43 candidates have declared assets less than `10 lakh.

A total of 50 candidates out of total 150 have declared liabilities.

Manoj Tiwari of BJP, who is contesting from North East Delhi constituency, has declared liabilities worth `3.46 crore.

Tiwari is followed by Parvesh Sahib Singh of BJP from West Delhi constituency with liabilities worth `2.66 crore and Ashutosh of AAP from Chandni Chowk constituency with liabilities worth `1.11 crore, the report said.

As many as 23 candidates have declared total annual income of over `10 lakh. The total income includes income of self, spouse and dependents.

The report further stated that six candidates with assets worth over `1 crore, have not declared their income tax details, while 16 have not declared their PAN details.

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