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Is this BSP candidate richest in Delhi poll fray?

india Updated: Nov 11, 2008 01:15 IST
Atul Mathur

Although the last date of filing nominations is November 11, Kanwar Singh Tanwar is likely to emerge as the richest candidate contesting this year’s Delhi assembly polls.

One look at the assets he has declared indicates as much: property and agricultural land worth Rs 150 crore, bank deposits of over Rs 2 crore and a fleet of cars that includes two Prados and two S-class Mercedes Benz (the cars themselves cost Rs 1.6 crore).

Tanwar has got his ticket from the Bahujan Samaj Party that claims to represent those at the bottom of the social ladder.

With a flourishing medicine business in London and a booming real estate business in Delhi and Gurgaon, the Chhatarpur candidate says he has nothing to hide.

“It sometimes surprises me that ministers and MLAs who lead a luxurious life and travel in big cars have nothing to show when it comes to declaring assets in an affidavit,” he said.

In sync with his party’s leanings, Tanwar said he had done his bit for social service. He has been running a free ambulance service and awards a monthly pension of Rs 500 each to 1,700 widows.

It is the lack of civic amenities in his area that drove him to politics. “There is no drinking water, no degree college and the nearest health facility is at least 20-kilometres away,” he said.