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Days before the MCD elections, the candidate list shows 30 per cent of the constesting candidates of in the Delhi Municipal election to be crorepatis. Candidates from Congress top the list this year as well with 64 per cent crorepatis followed by BJP with 54 per cent crorepatis and Aam Aadmi Party with 43 percent of its total candidates falling under the crorepati category. 

A total of 697 of the 2,315, over 30 percent candidates in the Delhi municipal election are crorepatis. The figure shows a seven percent hike from 2012 MCD polls which recorded 342 of the 1485 candidates, 23 per cent crorepaties. 

The report added that 163, seven per cent of the candidates have criminal cases against them this is an increase from last year's list that had 139 candidates with criminal records. 

Nine candidates (24 per cent) of the 38 from the NCP are crorepatis, 41 nominees (22 per cent) of the 191 from the BSP and 1 (8 per cent) out of 12 candidates of the CPI have declared assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore.

The National Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed the affidavits of 2,315 out of the total 2,537 candidates from 18 political parties who are contesting the MCD polls.

"Out of the 2,315 candidates analysed, 697 (30 per cent) are crorepatis," the report said. 

According to the report, assets per candidate in the MCD polls was an average of Rs. 1.61 crore. 

Among major parties, the average assets per candidate for the BJP is Rs. 2.89 crore, Congress Rs. 4.36 crore, AAP Rs. 1.65 crore, BSP Rs. 89.59 lakh and the NCP Rs. 92.38 lakh.

Besides, 16 candidates of the CPI(M) have average assets worth Rs. 19.20 lakh while 12 CPI candidates have assets worth Rs. 23.04 lakh. Also, 1,051 independent candidates contesting the poll have declared average assets of Rs. 97.79 lakh.

Of the 2,315 candidates analysed, 173 (7 per cent) have declared criminal cases against themselves, while 116 (5 per cent) have serious criminal registered against themselves.

26 (10 pc) candidates from the BJP, 35 (14 pc) from the Congress, 21 (8 pc) from the AAP, 13 (7 pc) from the BSP, 3 (8 pc) from the NCP, 1 (6 per cent) from the CPI(M) and 1 (8 per cent) from the CPI have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

13 (5 pc) from the BJP, 22 (9 pc) from the Congress, 15(6 pc) from the AAP, 10 (5 pc) from the BSP, 2 (5 pc) from the NCP, 1 (6 pc) from the CPI(M) and 1 (8 pc) from the CPI have serious criminal cases against them.

Election to the three municipal corporations of Delhi will be held on April 23.

The erstwhile unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi was trifurcated into North, South and East Delhi Municipal Corporations in 2012.

Out of the total 272 wards, NDMC and SDMC have 104 seats each while EDMC has 64.

The MCD has been ruled by the BJP for the last 10 years. 

(With inputs from PTI)

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