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Affidavits show candidates are cleaner and better educated

Delhi Election Watch, a group of non government organisations, has brought out a ready reckoner on candidates based on the affidavits they have filed with their nominations.

india Updated: Nov 25, 2003 17:37 IST

Delhi Election Watch, a group of non government organisations, has brought out a ready reckoner on candidates based on the affidavits they have filed with their nominations.

Candidates are better educated this time. The list has five doctors, 39 MBAs, 97 engineers, eight post-graduates, 26 with higher education degrees and 237 graduates. One hundred and thirty-three candidates have studied till the matric level.

While pointing out that some figures could not be compared with those of the last elections as filing of affidavits has been introduced for the first time, Admiral R.H. Tahiliani, former chief of the Indian Navy and screening committee member of Delhi Election Watch, said: “It is the beginning of a new era of cleaner politics.”

While most candidates don’t have any criminal records, there are cases pending against 32 of the 644 candidates scrutinised, said K.C. Sivaramakrishnan, who headed the screening committee. These include murder charges against BJP candidate Tarjit Singh, contesting from Gandhi Nagar, outraging the modesty of a woman against NCP candidate Anil Mitter, contesting from Delhi Cantt, and extortion charges against Vinod Nagar of LJP, contesting from Model Town. Most of the other cases are of rioting and causing hurt to public servants.

Ten Congress and five BJP candidates have disclosed they have movable property worth more than Rs 50 lakh. There are 23 candidates in all in this category. A majority of candidates (474), however, have said their movable assets are not worth more than Rs 5 lakh.

Nineteen candidates have, in fact, said that they don’t have any movable and immovable assets in their name.

Twenty-four Congress candidates and 18 BJP candidates have declared immovable property worth more than Rs 50 lakh in their names. As many as 392 candidates own property worth less than Rs 5 lakh.

Most candidates (526) don’t have any financial liabilities. There are only 31 who have liabilities of more than Rs 5 lakh.

First Published: Nov 25, 2003 17:37 IST