Second Phase Poll:427 Crorepati Candidates in the Field

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New Delhi:Ninety-seven constituencies across 13 states and Union Territories are set to vote in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections on April 18. Voters in Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, and Puducherry will exercise their franchise.The elections, which begin on April 11, will continue for over a month across seven phases till May 19. Votes will be counted on May 23.

NEW DELHI: In the second phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, 27% or 427 candidates are crorepatis with assets worth Rs 1 crore and above. 11% of the candidates have declared assets above Rs.5 crore while 41% have declared assets below Rs 10 lakh, according to an analysis by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). The average asset per candidate contesting in the Lok Sabha Phase II election is Rs. 3.9 crore. The National Election Watch and ADR have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 1,590 out of 1,644 candidates, who are contesting in the Lok Sabha Phase II. Out of all 1,590 candidates analysed, 209 are from national parties, 107 are from state parties, 386 are from registered unrecognized parties and 888 candidates are contesting independently.

Among the major parties 46 (87%) out of 53 candidates from INC, 45 (88%) out of 51 candidates from BJP, 23 (96%) out of 24 candidates from DMK, 22 (100%) candidates from AIADMK and 21 (26%) out of 80 candidates from BSP have declared assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore.

Vasanthakumar H, a Congress candidate from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu is the richest among all the candidates contesting in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections. His total assets are more than 417 crore. He is followed by Uday Singh of the Congress from Purnia in Bihar at Rs 341 crore and DK Suresh from the same party from Bengaluru South in Karnataka at Rs 338 crore.

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