New Delhi: Of the seven constituencies in Delhi going for polls on May 12, candidates of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are the richest in five of the constituencies, according to the candidates’ affidavits filed with the election commission, as analysed by myneta.info. The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidates topped wealth-wise in one constituency each.
BJP’s candidate and former cricketer Gautam Gambhir topped the list of the wealthiest candidates with total assets of more than Rs 147 crore. Gambhir is pitted against Congress candidate Arvinder Singh Lovely and AAP’s Atishi, both of whome reported Rs 5 crore and Rs 1 crore assets, respectively, in their affidavits.
The national capital is witnessing a triangular contest this time between the BJP, Congress and AAP.
It is notable from the analysis of affidavits that nearly all candidates fielded by the BJP and the Congress are crorepatis, belonging to the elite classes of Delhi.
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North East Delhi
BJP candidate Hans Raj Hans is the richest candidate in the race for the North West Delhi seat with Rs 13.09 crore of assets and Rs 4 crore of liabilities and no pending criminal cases against him. Congress candidate Rajesh Lilothia owns Rs 4.4 crore-worth property with no pending criminal case against him either. AAP’s Guggan Singh claimed to have Rs 1 crore worth assets without any liabilities or criminal cases.
In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP secured a vote share of 46% and AAP finished second with 33%, while Congress got 15% vote share. But the saffron surge was short-lived, and in the 2015 Assembly elections, AAP got 55% vote share, winning 67 out of 70 seats. The BJP managed 32% votes and Congress 10%.
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This election season, AAP has reached out to people, reminding them of its welfare policies and promised to fight for the statehood status for Delhi. Meanwhile, the promises of the Congress included fight against unemployment and poverty, and the BJP’s priority as usual was its grand-old version of ‘nationalism’.