Rajya Sabha polls: 87%
candidates are crorepatis; JD(U)'s Mahendra Prasad richest with
assets of Rs 4,078 cr
of the candidates contesting the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections
are crorepatis with JD(U)'s Mahendra Prasad has the highest
assets worth Rs 4,078 crore, says a release by election watchdog
Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR).
The other top candidates with the highest assets are
actor-turned politician Jaya Bachchan of Samajwadi Party (over
Rs 1,001 crore), BM Farooq of JD (S) (over Rs 766 crore),
Abhishek Manu Singhvi of Congress (over 649 crore), CM Ramesh of
TDP (over Rs 258 crore), the release said.
Jaya Bachchan, who is contesting from Uttar Pradesh, has a
declared liability of over Rs 105.64 crore, while Singhvi has
over Rs 98 crore liability, Farooq over Rs 97 crore and Ramesh
over Rs 39 crore, it said.
Reddy, who is contesting from Andhra Pradesh, with total
declared assets of over Rs 230 crore, has liabilities of over Rs
96 crore, the ADR said.
The election watchdog has analysed the self-sworn affidavits of
63 out of 64 candidates contesting for the Rajya Sabha elections
to be held on 23 March for 58 seats in 16 states.
One candidate — Dhiraj Kumar Sahu (INC) — contesting from
Jharkhand has not been analysed as his affidavit was badly
The average assets of 63 candidates analysed was Rs 122.13 crore,
the release said, adding 55 candidates or 87 percent were 'crorepatis'.
Among the party-wise crorepati candidates, 26 out of 29
candidates from the BJP, 10 out of 11 candidates from Congress,
3 out of 4 candidates from AITC, 3 candidates from TRS, two
candidates from JD(U) and a candidate from Samajwadi Party have
declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore, the release said.
There were 16 or 25 percent candidates with criminal cases,
while eight candidates had serious criminal cases against them
such as kidnapping, attempt to murder and robbery.
The candidate with the lowest declared total assets is
Achyutananda Samananta of BJD who has assets worth Rs 4.96 lakh.
Other candidates with low assets are Samir Oraon, V
Muraleedharan , Sakaldeep of BJP ( over Rs 18 lakh, Rs 27 lakh
and Rs 35 lakh, respectively) and Rajmani Patel of Congress
(over Rs 34 lakh), the release said.
As many as 13 candidates have declared total annual income of
more than Rs 1 crore in their ITR 2016-17 with Mahendra Prasad
showing the self-income of over Rs 303 crore, Singhvi over Rs
130 crore and Farooq over Rs 10 crore.
Jaya Bachchan had declared Rs 13 lakh as her self-income, but
her total income amounted to over Rs 78 crore if the income of
spouse and dependent were included.
Rajeev Chandrasekhar of the BJP, who is contesting from
Karnataka, had a self-income of over Rs 28 crore.
Seven (11 percent) candidates have declared their educational
qualification to be between 10th and 12th, while 55 (87 percent)
candidates have declared themselves as graduates or above, the
None of the candidates have declared their age below 42 years
with 38 (60 percent) candidates under the age group of 42 to 60
years, while 25 (40 percent) candidates declared their age
between 61 to 80 years.
Five women candidates are contesting the election to the Upper
House, the release added.
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