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Chandigarh MC polls: Cong’s Babla is richest candidate, declares Rs 17 crore

punjab Updated: Nov 30, 2016 14:34 IST
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Hillary Victor
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Municipal corporation office in Chandigarh. (HT File Photo)

With Tuesday being the last day for filing nominations for municipal corporation elections scheduled on December 18, Devinder Singh Babla of Congress from ward 18 (Sectors 27, 28 and 30) has turned out to be richest candidate. As per his declaration, his total assets are Rs 17 crore.

Babla is followed by Inderjit Kaur Kang (58), of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) at total assets of Rs 7 crore.

Among richest women BJP councillors, but not in the top five, who filed their nominations on Monday were Raj Bala Malik, 62 with Rs 3.2 crore in assets

LONE NCP CANDIDIATE FILES PAPERS

Jhansi Sharma, a candidate of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Tuesday filed nomination from ward 19 (Sector 26, Bhapudham colony).

WEALTH AS PER DECLARATION

Election expenditure per candidate has this time been increased from Rs 1.75 lakh to Rs 3.25 lakh. There is no cap on spending by a political party, though.

BSP CANDIDIATE OPTS OUT TO HELP CONG’S CANDIDATE HARMOHINDER SINGH LUCKY

In a dramatic turn, BSP candidate from ward 1 Ksheetij Sharda gave up his nomination at the last moment in support of Congress candidate Harmohinder Singh Lucky. Sharda said, “I have decided not to contest as Lucky is better candidate, who can serve the ward in better way.”

BSP’S JANNAT JAHAN NOT TO CONTEST

Even though, BSP finalised names of sitting councillor Jannat Jahan for ward 20 (Sectors 29, Industrial Area, Phase 1), but on Tuesday, she decided not contest.

MOST CANDIDATES REPORT WITHOUT NEW ACCOUNT

Most candidates including sitting councillors Heera Negi of BJP and Subhash Chawla of Congress were first made to visit a bank to open a new bank account. The state election commissioner has made it mandatory to open a new bank account for maintenance of expenditure. Election expenditure per candidate has been increased from Rs 1.75 lakh to Rs 3.25 lakh. There is no cap on the party spending.