Raj Babbar tops list of crorepatis contesting bye-elections

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 - 10:01

New Delhi: Congress party candidate Raj
Babbar tops the list of crorepatis contesting the
bye-elections from Firozabad Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh.

The actor-turned-politician has declared assets worth
over Rs 11 crore followed by SP`s Dimple Yadav and BJP`s Bhanu
Pratap Singh Chouhan, who have declared movable and immovable
properties worth Rs five crore and Rs three crore
respectively, according to a report by the National Election
Watch, an NGO working on electoral reforms.

The report was made on the basis of affidavits
submitted by the candidates for the bye-elections.

Out of a total of 16 candidates in the fray from
Firozabad, four of them, including Raj Babbar, have criminal
charges against them, the NGO said.

It also went through the affidavits of candidates
contesting the bye-elections for 31 Assembly seats in Assam,
Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Kerala, Uttar
Pradesh and West Bengal due on November seven.

Out of the total of 317 contesting candidates, the NGO
has analysed affidavits of 161 candidates and said 29 of them
are facing criminal charges, including seven who have charges
of rape, murder and attempt to murder against them.

Congress has given tickets to a maximum of six
candidates facing criminal charges followed by five from SP
and four from BJP, the report said.

There are 15 candidates from Uttar Pradesh who have
criminal cases against them, five from Kerala, three from West
Bengal and one each from Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, it said.

A total of 19 candidates have declared their assets in
crore from these States. Twelve are from Uttar Pradesh, three
from Chhatisgarh, two from West Bengal and one each from West
Bengal and Assam.

Rajesh Pandey alias Guddu Pandey, who is contesting
elections on a BJP ticket from Padrauna assembly constituency
in Uttar Pradesh has declared assets worth over Rs six crore
followed by All India United Democratic Front`s Abdur Rahman
Ajmal Assam from Salmara South seat in Assam with over Rs five
crore.

Maximum crorepati are contesting from Uttar Pradesh (16
out of 67) followed by Chhattisgarh where three out of 15
candidates have declared their properties in crores.

Three candidates with criminal background are contesting
from Jhansi (UP) and Alappuzha (Kerala).

Bureau Report




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