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Arvind Kejriwal assets modest compared to other biggies in poll fray

Arvind Kejriwal and his wife have assets worth Rs2.09 crore and Kiran Bedi and her husband have declared assets worth Rs11.65 crore.

Kejriwal and his wife own assets worth about Rs 2.09 crore, Rs five lakh less since he declared his wealth during last year’s Lok Sabha election while legal cases against him have gone up in the same
period.

According to details provided by Kejriwal in the latest affidavit to the Election Commission, the former Chief Minister had declared movable assets at Rs 2.26 lakh while his wife has a total of Rs15.28 lakh including 300 gm of gold worth Rs 9 lakh and 24 gm silver worth Rs 24,000. Their immovable assets, which include three flats, have not changed whereas movable assets in cash have gone down by about Rs 5 lakh.

The combined assets of the former Delhi Chief Minister and his wife amount to about Rs 2.09 crore. Whereas their combined assets stood at Rs 2.14 crore during 201 Lok Sabha polls when he contested from Varanasi against now Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Kejriwal is Aam Aadmi Party’s Chief Ministerial candidate and is contesting from New Delhi Assembly seat.

He also mentioned that 10 cases are pending against him in different courts compared to seven cases mentioned by him in the last affidavit. BJP Chief Ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi Wednesday declared movable and immovable assets worth over Rs 11.65 crore belonging to her and her husband. Bedi said in her affidavit that she has movable and immovable assets worth Rs 11,04,02,677 while the assets of both these types of her husband is worth Rs 61,35,528. She has declared movable assets at Rs 3,14,02,677, including 5 gms of gold worth Rs 25,000 while her husband has a total of Rs 32,85,528. In her affidavit, she said she has three flats - at Dwarka, Uday Park in Delhi and at Gautam Buddh Nagar of UP and the total value of these flats has been pegged at Rs 6.05 crore.

The total assets owned by Congress leader Ajay Maken and his wife have more than doubled in the period since the Lok Sabha elections last year as the couple declared movable and immovable assets worth Rs 12.34 crore to election officials ahead of the upcoming Delhi Assembly polls.

Delhi has a history of super rich candidates fighting elections. In the 2013 Delhi assembly polls, at least third of Delhi’s candidates were millionaires and the richest candidate was worth over Rs 200 crores.

Manjinder Singh Sirsa of Akali Dal, who had contested the December 4 Delhi election from Rajouri Garden in the west of the city had declared assets worth Rs 235.5 crore in his poll affidavit, according to reports. Sirsa was followed by Congress candidate Sushil Gupta, who had declared assets worth Rs 164 crore.

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