Delhi: One - third candidates including Kapil Sibal are crorepatis, says report

Apr 02 2014, 21:27 IST
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SummaryOne-third of the 150 candidates who are in the fray for seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital are crorepatis with Union minister Kapil Sibal being the richest of them with assets worth over Rs 114 crore, a report says.

One-third of the 150 candidates who are in the fray for seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital are crorepatis with Union minister Kapil Sibal being the richest of them with assets worth over Rs 114 crore, a report says.

Ramanuj Patel, who is contesting from Samyak Parivartan Party, is the poorest and has declared Rs 100 as his assets.

According to a report of Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Delhi Election Watch (DEW), based on the analysis of the self-sworn affidavits of all the 150 candidates, the average assets per candidate contesting from Delhi is Rs 3.09 crore.

In the category of crorepati candidates, Sibal is followed by sitting MP and Congress candidate from West Delhi Mahabal Mishra (Rs 38 cr) and BJP's Meenakshi Lekhi (Rs 34 cr), who is contesting from New Delhi constituency.

Party-wise, all the seven candidates of Congress, six candidates each of BJP and AAP and three candidates of BSP have declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore.

Four out of five candidates in All India Trinamool Congress too have assets worth more than Rs 1 crore, said the report.

"Among major parties, the average assets of Congress candidates is Rs 28.29 crore, seven BJP candidates have an average assets of Rs 12.60 crore and seven AAP candidates have average assets of Rs 3.01 crore," it added.

As many as 11 candidates have more than Rs 10 crore worth of assets, while a total of 43 candidates have declared assets less than Rs 10 Lakh.

A total of 50 candidates out of total 150 have declared liabilities. Manoj Tiwari of BJP, who is contesting from North East Delhi constituency, has declared liabilities worth Rs 3.46 crore.

Tiwari is followed by Parvesh Sahib Singh of BJP from West Delhi constituency with liabilities worth Rs 2.66 crore and Ashutosh of AAP from Chandni Chowk constituency with liabilities worth Rs 1.11 crore, the report said.

As many as 23 candidates have declared total annual income of over Rs 10 Lakhs. The total income includes income of self, spouse and dependents.

The report further stated that six candidates with assets worth more than Rs 1 crore, have not declared their Income Tax Details, while 16 have not declared their PAN details. Twenty candidates have not given value for at least one immovable asset declared in their affidavits.

As far as education qualification of candidates is concerned, 77 candidates have educational qualification of class 12 or below while 65

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