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A total of 200 crorepati candidates are in the fray for the Assembly — to be held on February 15 — while 91 have declared that they have against them, says a latest report.
"Out of the 637 candidates analysed, 200 (31 per cent) are crorepatis," a report released by the New Delhi-based Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said on Monday.
Party-wise, 52 out of the total 70 fielded by the are crorepati candidates, whereas it reads 48 (70) for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), 19 (69) for the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), 13 (55) for the Kranti Dal (UKD), 4 (20) for the Samajwadi Party (SP) and 53 (261) independents, who have declared their assets worth more than Rs 1 crore, it said.
The average asset per such candidates is Rs 1.57 crore. A total of 78 candidates have not furnished their PAN details, the report noted.
said seven candidates have declared a total annual of more than Rs 1 crore. Independent Mohan Prasad Kala topped the chart with a total of over Rs 16 crore followed by Chief Minister Harish Rawat (over Rs 2 crore) as declared in tax returns (ITR).
The top three candidates with highest assets are Satpal Maharaj of the with a total figure of over Rs 80 crore, followed by Mohan Prasad Kala, an independent (over Rs 75 crore), and Shailendra Mohan Singhal also from the (over Rs 35 crore).
Rawat has more than Rs 6 crore of assets, it added.
Watch and have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of all 637 candidates from 34 political parties, including 6 national, 4 state, 24 unrecognised parties and 261 independent candidates, who are in the fray.
The report also said 91 candidates have shown against them whereas 54 have declared serious criminal cases.
"19 from the BJP, 17 from the Congress, 7 from the BSP, 4 from the UKD, 2 from the SP and 32 independent candidates have declared against themselves in their affidavits," said.
On education details of candidates, it said 256 have declared their educational qualification to be between 5th pass and 12th pass while 340 have declared to be a graduate or above.
As many as 393 candidates have put their age at 25-50 years while 238 have declared it to be 51-80 years.
According to the report, 56 women candidates are contesting the assembly election.
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