Delhi Election is war of crorepati contestants

– 265 candidates are crorepati




NA,New Delhi

In Delhi assembly elections, there 265 are crorepatis candidates are
contesting. Though the number in 2008, was significant low with 180
millionaire candidates. It has been revealed in a study conducted by
the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Delhi Election
Watch have analysed 796 out 810 candidates contesting in December 4
assembly elections. The average assets of 66 MLAs, who are
re-contesting the polls has gone up substantially from Rs 2.9 crore in
2008 to Rs 10.43 crore in 2013. In the other hand, four candidates
have also declared zero assets in their nominations forms.

The average asset of 66 sitting MLAs, who are re-contesting Delhi
assembly polls, has registered a whopping 259 per cent growth during
the last five years. Moreover, out of 796 candidates analysed,
one-third of them including sitting MLAs are crorepatis Out of 796
candidates analysed, a total of 174 candidates have declared assets
less than Rs five lakh. Among three major political parties, with 61
out of 70 candidates being crorepatis, Congress leads the chart
followed by BJP (58 candidates) and AAP (33). “Sat Prakash Rana of BJP
from Bijwasan constituency has declared maximum increase in assets
with an increase of Rs 105.51 Crores – from Rs 6.38 Crores in 2008 to
Rs 111.89 Crores in 2013,” said ADR report.

The report also revealed that the assets of Ram Singh Netaji of
Congress from Badarpur constituency have increased by Rs 50.26 crores,
from Rs 8.44 crores in 2008 to Rs 58.71 crores in 2013. “Assets of
Tarvinder Singh Marwah of Congress from Jangpura constituency have
risen by Rs 27.99 Crores, from Rs 7.06 Crores in 2008 to Rs 35.05
Crores in 2013,” said Anurag Mittal, ADR National Coordinator.

“Even as average assets of 140 re-contesting candidates have increased
from Rs 2.57 crore in 2008 to Rs 8.90 crore in 2013, registering an
average percentage growth of 246 per cent, added Mittal. Meanwhile,
Manjinder Singh Sirsa of SAD from Rajouri Garden constituency has
declared highest assets worth Rs 235.51 crore followed by Sushil Gupta
of Congress from Moti Nagar constituency with declared assets worth
Rs.164.44 crore and Ashok Kumar Jain of Congress from Delhi Cantt
constituency with declared assets worth Rs 143.69 crore. Among BJP
candidates, Khushi Ram Chunar from Ambedkar Nagar constituency has
declared lowest assets worth Rs 8.27 lakh, while Ragini Nayak with Rs
31.10 Lakh has the lowest assets among Congress candidate. Meanwhile,
the ADR report has disclosed that a total of 280 (35 percent)
candidates out of 796 analyzed are graduates or have higher degreesm,
while 479 (60 percent) candidates have educational qualification of
12th pass and below. “A total of 556 (70 percent) candidates out of
the 796 analyzed, have declared their age to be between 25 and 50
years. 216 (27 percent) candidates declared their age to be between 51
and 70 years. 10 candidates are in the age group of 71 to 80 years,”
said ADR report. Out of 796 candidates analyzed, only 69 (9 percent)
women are contesting in the Delhi 2013 assembly elections. Among the
major political parties, INC and AAP has fielded 6 women candidates
each and 5women are contesting under BJP ticket.