HP Polls 2017: 158 crorepati, 61 candidates with criminal cases in fray
Shimla: As per a report released by the Himachal Pradesh Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), out of total 338 candidates contesting the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections, 158 are crorepati.
Out of total, 61 (18%) have declared criminal cases against them including 31 (9%) with serious criminal cases.
The average assets per candidate is Rs 4.07 crore. There are 59 crorepatis among 68 Congress candidates , 47 among BJP, 6 among Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), 3 among (CPI-M), 1 among CPI. Out of total 112 independent candidates, 36 have declared assets worth more than Rs1 crore.
Per candidate assets for Congress is Rs8.56 crore, Rs5.31 crore for BJP, 46.78 lakh for BSP, 31 crore for CPI(M), 74.64 lakh for CPI, and 3.20 crore for independent candidates.
Balvir Singh Verma of BJP has highest total assets of over Rs90 crore followed by Vikramaditya Singh of the Congress with over Rs84 crore. Five candidates have declared self-annual income of more than Rs1 crore.
With an annual income of Rs. 3.42 crores, G.S. Bali has declared the highest annual self-income.
As per the report, 71 out of 338 candidates have not declared their sources of income and 20 have not declared their PAN details.
If the candidates with criminal cases are seen party wise, the Congress, BJP, BSP, CPI (M) and independent candidates have six, 23, three, 10 and 16 cases respectively.
Out of total, 120 candidates are between 5th pass and 12th pass, while 214 have a qualification of graduate or above.
One candidate who is illiterate, while one has not given his educational details.
In terms of age, 155 candidates are between 25 and 50 years and 179 between 51 and 80 years. There are nine women candidates in the fray.