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In poll-bound UP, Congress has the richest candidate for phase 1

Ahmad owns total assets of over Rs 200 crores (Rs 2,11,47,10,975 in total), with movable assets of worth Rs 1,94,21,70,975 (Rs 194 crores approx) and immovable assets of Rs 17,25,40,000 (Rs. 17 crores approx).

In poll-bound UP, Congress has the richest candidate for phase 1
Congress also tops the chart of richest candidates by average assets, followed by BJP on second and BSP on the third spot. (Reuters)

Nazir Ahmad, Congress’ candidate from Agra South, is the richest person contesting in the first phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017. As per an Election Watch report by the Association for Democratic Reforms, Ahmad owns total assets of over Rs 200 crores (Rs 2,11,47,10,975 in total), with movable assets of worth Rs 1,94,21,70,975 (Rs 194 crores approx) and immovable assets of Rs 17,25,40,000 (Rs 17 crores approx). Ahmad, who is a shoe businessman by profession, had lost 2012 assembly elections from the same seat to BJP’s Yogendra Upadhyay.

Following Nazir is BJP’s Satish Kumar Sharma, who is contesting from Mathura Mant, and owns total assets of over Rs 100 crores. Sharma owns total assets worth Rs 1,14,29,81,841, (Rs 114 crore approx) with Rs 16,77,76,333 (Rs 16 crore approx) as movable assets, and Rs 97,52,05,508 (Rs 97 crore approx) as immovable assets. Third-richest candidate in the fray is again from BJP, Rani Pakshalika Singh, who is contesting from AGRA BAAH. She owns assets of over Rs 58 crore. She owns total assets of Rs 58,29,98,813,(Rs 58 crores) with assets of Rs  3,16,74,813(Rs 3 crore)  movable and assets worth Rs 55,13,24,000 (Rs 55 crore) immovable. Rani Pakshalika had recently joined BJP, quitting Samajwadi Party along with her husband Raja Mahendra Aridaman Singh, who is a former minister and six-time MLA from Baah area.

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Congress also tops the chart of richest candidates by average assets, followed by BJP on second and BSP on the third spot. The average assets per candidate in Congress has been calculated at Rs 13,18,11,259 (Rs 13 crore approx), while in BJP it is Rs 7,40,04,657 (Rs 7 crore approx), and Rs 6,77,97,078 in BSP (Rs 6 crores approx).

A whopping 302 candidates, which is 36 per cent of the lot, declared assets over a crore rupees. Also, the report found that the average assets of the 836 candidates amounts to Rs 2.81 crore.

The figures are based on a report by election watch ADR’s analysis of self-sworn affidavits of 836 out of 839 candidates contesting in the first phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls. The first phase of elections in UP will take place inFebruary 11.

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