New Delhi: Congress has fielded a maximum of 116 'crorepatis' for the municipal polls in the city while BJP candidates have the highest average assets of Rs 2.81 crore, a report by a monitoring group said. (Agencies)
The Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) came out with the report after analysing affidavits of 1,485 candidates out of the total 2,400 candidates.
It said out of 1,485 candidates, a total of 342 candidates (23 per cent) are crorepatis. ADR analysed affidavits of 207 Congress candidates and found 116 (56 per cent) of them as millionaires while out of 211 affidavits of (49 percent) BJP candidates, 103 were found to be crorepatis.
"Candidates of BJP have average assets in excess of Rs 2.81 crores while those of Congress have average assets in excess of Rs 2.71 crores. Candidates of major parties have substantially more assets than those of other parties," the report said.
Satvinder Kaur Sirsa of BJP from ward 103 in Punjabi Bagh tops the list of crorepatis with assets worth Rs 112 crores followed by Karuna Bhalla, also of BJP from ward 108 in Khyala with assets worth Rs 50 crores.
Independent candidate from ward 72 of Model Town ranked third in the list with assets worth Rs 40.81 crore. The candidate who has declared maximum income in their income tax return is Raj Kumari of Congress from ward 111 of Hari Nagar. She has shown a total annual income (that includes income of self, spouse and dependent) of Rs 94.80 lakhs, the report said.
A total of 12 candidates out of 1,485 have declared zero assets. Among other major parties, the average asset of BSP candidates has been estimated at Rs 78 lakh followed by Rs 64 lakh of SP and Rs 47 lakh of NCP.
The report said 28 percent have not furnished PAN card details while 729 candidates (51 percent) have declared that they have never filed their Income Tax Returns.
More than 27 percent candidates out of the 1485 analyzed are graduates and above. There are four PhD holders among the candidates including three fielded by the BJP, according to the report.
New Delhi: Congress has fielded a maximum of 116 'crorepatis' for the municipal polls in the city while BJP candidates have the highest average assets of Rs 2.81 crore, a report by a monitoring group said.