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Retd cop from Tamil Nadu files nomination for bypoll; declares asset worth Rs 1.76 lakh crore to take dig at 2G scam

His nomination has been accepted by the Election Commission

Retd cop from Tamil Nadu files nomination for bypoll; declares asset worth Rs 1.76 lakh crore to take dig at 2G scam

J.Mohanraj, 67, a retired police inspector, has filed his nomination for the Perambur bypoll in Tamil Nadu. In his nomination, which has been accepted by the Election Commission (EC), Mohanraj has declared his assets (cash) as Rs 1.76 lakh crore and under loan from banks, he has declared 4 lakh crore as loan from World Bank.

Mohanraj said that he deliberately filed 1.76 lakh crore as assets to take a dig at 2G scam and 4 lakh crore to highlight the debt of Tamil Nadu.

Talking to reporters, Mohanraj also revealed that he has declared the assets in this manner to "mock" the EC as all the other candidates who are filing the nominations for the upcoming national election are declaring their assets as per their wish.

The retired police officer also added that he is also miffed about how the EC made false declaration a civil offence in 2014 while it was earlier a criminal offence. 

18 assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu are going for bypolls in Tamil Nadu. The voting will be held along the Lok Sabha election on April 18 in the second phase. 

The constituencies in which bypolls will be held are - Poonamallee, Perambur, Thiruporur, Sholingur, Gudiyattham, Ambur, Hosur, Pappireddippatti, Harur, Nilakkottai, Thiruvarur, Thanjavur, Manamadurai, Andipatti, Periyakulam, Sattur, Paramakudi and Vilathikulam.