Quite a few millionaires are in race for Vidhan Parishad seat on Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) ticket. Affidavits submitted by three candidates — Naseemuddin Siddiqui, Dharamvir Singh Ashok and Pradeep Kumar Jatav, who filed their nomination papers on Wednesday — showed that they all were ‘crorepatis’.
The assets of BSP national general secretary Naseemuddin Siddiqui, under the scanner of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Vigilance Establishment in a disproportionate asset case, has doubled from Rs. 2.08 crore in 2009 to Rs. 5.43 crore.
The movable and immovable property included assets of his wife Husana and son Ajfar.
When Siddiqui became MLC in 2009, BSP was in power and he held portfolio of over half-adozen important departments. In terms of vehicle, he owned a 2003 model Qualis worth Rs. 3 lakh in 2009 and is now the owner of an SUV Pazero, 2009 model, worth Rs. 8 lakh.
Siddiqui owned a rifle and a double barrel gun in 2009 and has now added a revolver to his armoury.
Husana, who is also a member of the upper house, too owns a rifle and a revolver. She has invested in a commercial building in Aminabad and purchased a bungalow in the plush Cantonment area.
She owns a diamond ring worth Rs. 6 lakh, gold ornament valued at Rs. 50 lakh and silver of Rs. 7.60 lakh. She owns a jeep of 2009 model worth Rs. 1.50 lakh and has agriculture land in Banda as well as Barabanki districts.
Siddiqui has invested in private companies Farzand associates as well as QF enterprises run by his eldest son Azhar.
The couple has bank accounts in half-a-dozen banks and invested in life insurance policies as well.
The value of movable and immovable assets of Pradeep Kumar Jatav and Nirmala Jatav is worth Rs. 2.45 crore. A real estate businessman, Yadav runs Singariya Builders Private Limited. A native of Bulandshahr, he had completed intermediate from UP Board in 1987.
Dharamvir Singh Ashok, who also belongs to Bulandshahar, has assets worth Rs. 1.5 crore. He has residential property in Bulandshahr and Ghaziabad. He owns an SUV and a couple of firearms, including rifle and revolver. The immovable properties, including agriculture land, are owned by his wife Maya Ashok.
The issue of millionaires managing to get ticket for upper house assumes prominence in the backdrop of rebel BSP leader Jugul Kishore recently charging party chief Mayawati with promoting ‘ticket for money’ culture. “Those with money power get BSP ticket as they have to give Rs. 50 lakh to 1 crore to Mayawati in return. Loyal workers are being sidelined,” he said.