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26 1st phase LS candidates are crorepatis in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: According to the findings of an analysis of the affidavits of candidate conducted by Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Odisha Election Watch (OEW), 26 out of the 98 candidates in the fray for the upcoming first phase Lok Sabha elections are crorepatis.

The analysis revealed that out of 97 candidates analysed, 26 are crorepatis of which eight candidates have more than Rs 5 crores worth of assets.

BJD nominee for Kandhamal Lok Sabha constituency Hemandra Chandra Singh, ranks number one with total assets more than Rs 50,39,07,437 followed by 9,63,50,411 of Harihar Karan of INC contesting for Kandhamal Lok Sabha seat and Rs 8,79,55,818 of BJD nominee for Balangir Lok Sabha seat Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo.

Seventeen candidates have declared assets of less than Rs 2 lakhs. The three candidates with lowest assets are Balaram Hota of CPI (ML) from Kalahandi constituency with Rs 1,150 followed by Lawrencia Lakra of IND from Sundargarh constituency (Rs 1,500) and Prakash Hikaka of CPI (ML) RedSstar from Koraput constituency (Rs 2,500), the report said.

One Ashok Mital of AITC from contesting from Bargarh Assembly constituency has declared that he has zero assets. 

A total of 15 candidates have declared liabilities of above Rs 10 lakhs. While Kalikesh Singhdeo from Balangir LS seat topped the list with liabilities worth Rs 2.44 crores, Dhananda Kanta Mishra of AAP from Berhampur constituency (Rs 56.62 lakhs) and Hemendra Chandra Singh of BJD from Kandhamal constituency (Rs 47.86 lakhs) respectively.

Eleven candidates have declared total annual income of over 10 lakhs. Amarnath Pradhan of INC from Sambalpur constituency has declared the highest total income of Rs 44.33 lakhs followed by Balabhadra Majhi of BJD from Nabarangpur constituency with Rs 19.89 lakhs and Kalikesh with Rs 18.85 lakhs of total income, the report added.

The report further stated that eight out of 10 candidates fielded from INC, 7 out of 10 candidates from BJD, four out of 10 candidates of BJP, one out of eight candidates of AAP, one out of 10 of BSP have declared assests worth more than Rs 1 crore in their affidavits.

Among parties, the average asset for 10 INC candidate is Rs 3.28 crore, Rs 1.72 crore for 10 BJP candidates, Rs 8.32 crore for 10 BJD candidate, Rs 20.34 lakh for eight AAP candidates, Rs 39,13 lakh for 10 BSP candidates. 

The report stated that the average asset per candidate contesting in the first phase lok Sabha polls is Rs 1.62 crore.

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