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.

Related Articles
Next Story
Going Viral
Amid United States New Tariffs, Xi Jinping, Narendra Modi, And Vladimir Putin To Discuss Protectionism

Amid United States New Tariffs, Xi Jinping, Narendra Modi, And Vladimir Putin To Discuss Protectionism

by Chandrani Sarkar June 24, 2019
Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and other leaders of BRICS grouping during the G20 Summit in Japan, where they are likely to discuss about opposing the “protectionist” and “unilateralist” trade policies of the United States, reports a senior minister of China. China is seeking to build a strong rivalry against the United President Donald Trump using tariffs and trade...