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103 crorepatis in fray for first phase Assembly polls in Odisha

Dilip Ray of BJP richest candidate

Bhubaneswar: As many as 103 out of the 673 candidates in the fray for the 70 Assembly seats, going to polls in the first phase in state on April 10, are crorepatis. They account for about 15 per cent of the contestants, according to a joint analysis by Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Odisha Election Watch (OEW). OEW has analysed the affidavits of all 673candidates contesting the first phase of polls in 70 Assembly constituencies in the state.

The report which was released by OEW coordinator Ranjan Kumar Mohantyand former bureaucrat Sahadev Sahoo here on Sunday stated that Dilip Ray, the BJP nominee from the Rourkela Assembly segment is the richest in the term of annual income of Rs 1.58 crore as per the Income Tax Returns (ITR) filed for 2012-13.

Ray is followed by Rs 1.11 crore of Chakradhar Paika, an Independent candidate from Mohana and Rs 50.50 lakh of AU Singh Deo, the BJD candidate from Balangir.

In terms of high asset category too, Dilip Ray tops the list. His total assets are worth Rs 106.82 crore, followed by Rs 17.65 crore of Nitesh Gangadeb of the BJP from Deogarh and Rs 13.82 crore of Sugnana Kumari Deo of the BJD from Kabisuryanagar.

As per the report as many as 217 candidates have not declared their PAN details.

Only 52 women candidates are in the fray for this phase of elections.

The report stated that 389 candidates have educational qualification of Plus II and below while 265 are graduates. The age of 455 (68 per cent) candidates are between 25 and 50 years while 214 (32 per cent) are between 51 and 80 years.

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