Chandigarh: High profile candidates in
Punjab may have surprised many while declaring their huge
wealth during filing of nominations but some amongst them
also owe mammoth amounts of over Rs 10 crore as dues to banks
and the government.
Topping the list is Punjab`s Deputy Chief Minister
Parkash Singh Badal who has highest amount of liabilities to
the tune of Rs 31.77 crore which he declared in his affidavit,
says a report prepared by NGO Punjab Election Watch (PEW)
after analysing affidavits of 408 candidates out of 1080 in
fray for the January 30 assembly elections in Punjab.
Badal Junior`s total dues include bank and other loans
amounting to Rs 28.47 crore. Other than this, he also owes Rs
3.28 crore to the Income Tax department, which comes under
government dues category.
Interestingly, Badal is at second position in the list of
richest candidates having total assets of Rs 90.86 crore.
The report highlights that five candidates have declared
liabilities above Rs 10 crore while other five candidates have
dues over Rs 3 crore.
Sugar baron Rana Gurjit Singh who is contesting from
Kapurthala constituency has total liabilities amounting to Rs
22.62 crore including housing loan raised from Andhra Bank.
Gurjit Singh is also amongst list of richest candidates
with assets of Rs 68.48 crore.
With assets worth Rs 78.51 crore, Congress candidate
Kewal Singh Dhillon has declared total liabilities of Rs 21.85
crore which comprise housing loan from SBI and other family
Another Congress candidate Arvind Khanna from Dhuri has
declared total dues of Rs 20.41 crore which includes loan
against property from ICICI Bank and loan and advances from
The report points out that 65 per cent of 408 candidates
analyzed were having assets over Rs one crore.
If Punjab poll candidates have earned their names in the
list of `Crorepatis`, there are almost 20 candidates whose
total income is not more than Rs 5 lakh.
BSP candidate from Dera Baba Nanak Prem Masih has
declared lowest amount of assets at Rs 1000, followed by
Mohinder Singh of CPI candidate from Moga who declared his
assets of Rs 10,964.
The report further points out that out of 408 candidates,
61 candidates have declared pending criminal cases against
them. Out of 61 candidates, 22 candidates have declared
serious criminal cases such as murder, attempt to murder,
kidnapping, robbery against them, said Jaskirat Singh,
Coordinator of PEW.
Out of 408 candidates, only 29 candidates are women while
women candidates on Congress tickets are 10 out of 116, for
SAD it is 10 out of 83 seats and for BJP it is 2 out of 21, he