Odisha Chief Minister and state-ruling BJD Chief Naveen Patnaik is considered to be the richest among 244 candidates contesting in 2019 Assembly Elections, in the second phase, scheduled on April 18, reads a report released by Odisha Election Watch. It is also a part of the ADR (Association For Democratic Reforms).
Odisha Election Watch Convenor Ranjan Mohanty said, “Of the 244 candidates in the fray for the 35 assembly segments, 70 are crorepatis,” adding that 13 candidates have assets amounted Rs. 5 crore and above, and 24 others have assets between Rs. 2 crore and Rs. 5 crores.
While the BJP Chief is contesting from two assembly seats, Bijepur and Hinjili, leads the list of rich candidates with total assets amounted Rs. 63 crore and BJP candidate KV Singhdeo contesting from Patnagarh seats have secured the second position with total assets amounted Rs. 37 crore, reads the report.
BJD candidate Naba Kishore Das contesting from Jharsuguda seats stood the third position with assets amounted Rs. 33 crore, followed by another BJD candidate Saroj Kumar Mehta contesting from Patnagarh seats with total assets amounted Rs. 31 crores.
Other rich candidates contesting in the forthcoming polls are BJP’s Bijay Kumar Swain (Rs. 15 cr), BJD’s Arkesh Narayan Singhdeo (Rs. 15 crore), BJD’s Nandini Devi (Rs. 11 crore), BJP’s Dinesh Jain (Rs. 8 cr), BJP’s Pitamber Acharya (Rs. 7 crore), and BJD’s Kishore Kumar Mohanty (Rs. 7 crore), added the report.
However, BSP candidate Narayan Versa contesting from Bhatli seats has only Rs. 8044 as his total assets.
Therefore, out of 35 candidates contesting for five seats in the second round of Lok Sabha Elections, 11 candidates are crorepatis.