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HP polls: 158 crorepatis, 61 with criminal cases in fray, says watchdog

The richest candidate is from BJP, according to ADR

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Amit Shah, Himachal polls, Shimla
BJP National President Amit Shah addressing a public meeting at Banikhet in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. Photo: PTI

A total of 158 crorepati candidates are in the fray for the assembly elections -- to be held on November 9 -- while 61 have declared criminal cases against them, says a report.

Watch and (ADR) have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of all 338 candidates.

"Out of the 338 candidates analysed, 158 (47 per cent) are crorepatis. The average assets per candidate contesting in the assembly elections 2017 is Rs 4.07 crore," Delhi-based think-tank ADR said in a report released today.

Among party wise crorepati candidates, 59 out of 68 candidates from INC, 47 of 68 from the BJP, 6 of 42 from the BSP, 3 of 14 from the (M), 1 of 3 from the and 36 of 112 independents have declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore, it said.

The report further said that among major parties, the average assets per candidate for 68 candidates is Rs 8.56 crore, for 68 candidates is Rs 5.31 crore and for 42 candidates is Rs 46.78 lakh). The same for 14 (M) candidates is Rs 2.31 crore, 3 candidates' is Rs 74.64 lakh and for 112 independent candidates is Rs 3.20 crore.

The top candidates with highest assets contesting in the assembly elections are Balvir Singh Verma of with total asseself-annualRs 90 crore followed by Vikramaditya Singh of the with over Rs 84 crore.

Five candidates have declared self annual income of more than Rs 1 crore. G S Bali, an INC candidate has declared the highest self-income (annual). His annual income is Rs 3.42 crore and he has declared his salary from the government as his source of income, ADR, which works in the area of electoral and political reforms, said.

The other candidates are independent candidate Rajesh Sharma, Balvir Singh Verma of the BJP, Mahender Singh of the and Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.

The report noted that 71 out of 338 candidates have not declared their sources of income.

Also, a total of 20 candidates analysed have not declared their PAN details.

The ADR report further said, "Out of the 338 candidates analysed, 61 (18 per cent) have declared criminal cases against them adding that 31 (9 per cent) have declared serious criminal cases."

Among party wise candidates with criminal cases, 6 from the Indian National (INC), 23 from the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), 3 from the (BSP), 10 from the CPI(M) and 16 independents have declared criminal cases against them in their affidavits, it said.

On education details, the report said 120 candidates have declared their qualification to be between 5th pass and 12th pass, while 214 have a qualification of graduate or above. There is one candidate who is illiterate, while one has not given his educational details.

Besides, 155 candidates have declared their age to be between 25 and 50 years, while 179 between 51 and 80 years.

In the assembly election, 19 women candidates are contesting, the report added.

First Published: Wed, November 01 2017. 17:39 IST
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