'In U'khand 200 crorepatis, 91 with criminal cases'
A total of 200 crorepati candidates are in the fray for the Uttarakhand Assembly election -- to be held on February 15 -- while 91 have declared that they have criminal cases 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 today.
Party-wise, 52 out of the total 70 fielded by the Congress are crorepati candidates, whereas it reads 48 (70) for the BJP, 19 (69) for the BSP, 13 (55) for the UKD, 4 (20) for the 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.
ADR said seven candidates have declared a total annual income of more than Rs 1 crore. Independent Mohan Prasad Kala topped the chart with a total income of over Rs 16 crore followed by Chief Minister Harish Rawat (over Rs 2 crore) as declared in income tax returns (ITR).
The top three candidates with highest assets are Satpal Maharaj of the BJP 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 BJP (over Rs 35 crore).
Rawat has more than Rs 6 crore of assets, it added.
Uttarakhand Election Watch and ADR 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 criminal cases against them whereas 54 have declared serious criminal cases.