81 crorepatis in fray for 2nd phase polls in Odisha
Bhubaneswar: As many as 81 candidates contesting for the second phase of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Odisha are crorepatis, with Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik topping the list, said a report on Monday.
According to the Odisha Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) report, out of the 35 Lok Sabha candidates, 11 have assets worth over Rs 1 crore.
BJP’s Balangir Lok Sabha candidate Sangeeta Kumari Singh Deo has assets over Rs 37 crore, while BJD candidate from the same Lok Sabha seat Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo has assets over Rs 20 crore.
BJD’s Bargarh Lok Sabha candidate Prasanna Acharya owns total assets worth over Rs 9 crore.
The average of assets per candidate contesting the second phase of Lok Sabha polls is Rs 2.65 crore, the report said.
The ADR also analysed the affidavits submitted by 241 out of the 244 candidates contesting for 35 Assembly segments. Seventy of these candidates are crorepatis.
Naveen Patnaik, who is contesting from two Assembly constituencies — Hinjili and Bijepur — owns assets worth Rs 63.87 crore.
While the BJP candidate from Patnagarh Assembly seat K V Singhdeo has total assets of Rs 37.95 crore, the BJD candidate from Jharsuguda Naba Kishore Das owns assets worth Rs 33.62 crore.
Among the candidates 21 from BJD, 20 from BJP, 13 from Congress, and one from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore.
The second phase of polling will be held for Bargarh, Sundargarh, Balangir, Kandhamal and Aska Lok Sabha seats and 35 Assembly seats under them on April 18.