Odisha Polls : 26% Candidates In The Fray Are ‘Crorepatis’

Bhubaneswar: 26% candidates who have filed nomination papers so far in the upcoming polls in Odisha are ‘crorepatis’ with BJP nominee Ananta Pratap Deo fighting polls from Dharamgarh assembly seat being the wealthiest contender with declared assets of Rs 27.66 crores.

Out of the 189 candidates whose poll affidavits verified by Odisha Election Watch (OEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), 26%- 49 candidates are crorepatis.

Lingaraj Choudhury congress candidate from Berhampur assembly seat is the second richest with declared assets to the tune of Rs 17.71 crore, while BJD’s Digapahandi assembly seat candidate Surjya Narayan Patro comes next in terms of wealth with assets worth Rs 16.68 crore.

Among the major parties 11(39%) out of 28 candidates analysed from BJP, 14(52%) out of 27 candidates analysed from INC, 17(61%) out of 28 candidates analysed from BJD, and, 2(9%) out of 22 candidates from BSP have declared assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore.

On the other hand, Biswa Bihari Bishoyi, an independent candidate from Gopalpur assembly constituency and Lochan Singh Majhi, independent contender from Nuapada assembly seat do not have any movable and immovable assets, according to their poll affidavits.