141 crorepatis fighting Assembly elections in Odisha in 2nd phase
As many as 141 crorepatis are in the fray in the second phase elections for 77 Assembly seats in Odisha scheduled to be held on April 17 next.
An analysis of self sworn affidavits of 744 candiates out of the total 747 candidates made jointly by Odisha Election Watch (OEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) found that 141 candidates have declared assests more than a crore. OEW Coordinator Ranjan Mohanty said the affidavits of three candidates-- two Independents and a candidate of Samatakranti Dal could not be analysed due to unclear or incomplete affidavits.
Party wise the ruling BJD has the highest number 43 crorepatis followed by Congress (34), BJP (17),Aam Odisha Party(9), Samata Kranti Dal(5),AAP (3)e and BSP two crorepatis.
Odisha Jana Morcha, Indian Citizens Party, RPI(A), CPI, AITC, CPI(ML)(L) has one each crorepati. In addition to it as many as 22 of the total 148 Independent candidates contesting the second phase elections in Odisha are crorepatis. As per the analysis Sanatan Mahakud, an Independent candidate from Champua Assembly Constituency has declared assets worth Rs 69.63 crore, the highest followed by Mr Sunjay Hans of Aam Odisha Party contesting from Ekram-Bhubaneswar with assests of Rs 65.91 crore and Mr Lala Manoj Kumar Ray of Congress from Nayagarh Assembly Constituency with assests worth Rs 21.54 crore.
Party wise the average assests per candidates for 77 Congress candidates is Rs 2.14 crore, followed by BJD Rs 2.12 Crore and the BJP Rs 97.43 lakh. The average assets of 63 AAP candidates is Rs 28.74 lakh. As many as five candidates have declared zero assests in their affidavits.
Out of the 744 candidates 88 have declared asssts less than Rs one lakh. Party wise while BJD candidate from Rairangpur Constituency Saiba Sushil Kumar Hansda has the lowest declared assets of Rs 5.36 lakh, Mr Benudhar Bhoi contesting from Jaydev constituency with an assests of Rs 1.28 lakh has the lowest declared assests among the Congress candidates. Mr Sunjay Kumar Hans of Aam Odisha Party has the highest annual income of Rs 2.04 crore followed by Sujata Jena (Ind) contesting from Bhandaripokhari with a total income of Rs 1.67 crore. Mr Pranab Kumar Balabantaray of BJD contesting from Dharmasala finished third with a declared annual come of Rs 88.52 lakh for 2012-13. Mr Hans has also the highest delcared liabiliites of Rs 14.36 crore followed by Mr Soumya Ranjan Patnaik of Aam Odisha Party with a liability of Rs 5.6 crore,Lala Manoj Kumar Patnaik (Cong) contesting from Nayagarha with a liability of Rs4.62 crore. Mr Debadatta Pati contesting from Angul Assembly Constituency on a Samata Kranti Dal ticket has the lowest liability of Rs 1.25 crore among the top ten candidates with high liabilities. The analysis is revealed that the assets of 45 outgoing MLAs contesting the 2014 elections have grown by 182 per cent during the last five years. The average assets of these 45 MLAs fielded by various parties grew from Rs 89.51 lakh in 2009 to Rs 2.52 crore in 2014. The average assests growth for these 45 sitting MLAs seeking re election this time is Rs 1.62 crore.
(Posted on 13-04-2014)