On April 11, Odisha is going to have its first phase of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections and 59 crorepati candidates are going to try their luck. The Odisha Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has presented a report after analyzing the self-sworn affidavits of all candidate stated that among 26 candidates for the four parliamentary constituencies, 10 have assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore.
Out of the 189 candidates for the 28 Assembly seats, 49 are crorepatis. Reports claimed that V. Chandrasekhar Naidu the Berhampur Congress candidate has the highest assets over Rs. 36 crores. Balabhadra Majhi, the BJP candidate from Nabarangpur possesses 8.74 crores. In the third position, there is Jayaram Pangi have total assets of Rs. 4.19 crore.
As per reports, all the candidates, contesting in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections from Odisha, have Rs. 2.67 crore as average assets of per candidate. In the Assembly election, 11 candidates from the BJP, 14 candidates from the Congress, 17 candidates from Biju Janata Dal, two candidates from the Bahujan Samaj Party and five Independent candidates have declared assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore.
Ananta Pratap Deo, the BJP candidate from Dhamnagar Assembly constituency is in the first position possessing Rs. 27.66 crore assets. After him in the second position is Lingaraj Choudhury, with Rs. 17.71 crore assets who is contesting from Berhampur assembly segment.
Minister Surya Narayan Patro, a BJD candidate from Digapahandi, owns Rs. 16.68 crores. Apart from them, the BJD’s 28 candidates have 2.58 crore while 22 BSP candidates have average assets worth Rs. 44.81 lakh.
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