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Naveen richest among 244 facing assembly poll test on April 18

Bhubaneswar: Chief minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik is the richest candidate a number of the 244 within the fray for the 35 assembly constituencies going to the polls in the second phase on April 18. Patnaik, who is contesting from the Hinjili and the Bijepur assembly seats, has declared overall property price Rs 63 crore.
The different rich applicants come with BJP’s Patnagarh assembly candidate and a member of the former royal circle of relatives , Kanak Vardhan Singh Deo, who has belongings price Rs 37 crore; and BJD’s Jharsuguda assembly seat nominee Naba Kishore Das, who has property price Rs 33 crore.

The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a voluntary organisation running on electoral reforms, on Monday launched main points of the financial, instructional and criminal backgrounds of applicants to lend a hand voters make an informed choice.

Of the applicants within the fray, 70 (29%) are crorepatis. The ruling BJD has the maximum selection of crorepatis — 21 (60%). The BJP and Congress have 20 (57%) and 13 (41%) crorepatis, respectively.

The reasonable asset per candidate contesting the second phase of the polls is Rs 1.93 crore. Two Independent assembly applicants — Ananta Kanhar and Birendra Kumar Gouda contesting Phulbani and Bhanjanagar, respectively — have 0 property.

Among the 35 Lok Sabha (LS) applicants, 31% are crorepatis. Of them, BJP’s Balangir LS candidate Sangeeta Kumari Singh Deo is the richest with belongings price Rs 37 crore. She is followed via her opponent from BJD, Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo, with property price Rs 20 crore.

Elections might be held within the five Lok Sabha seats of Bargarh, Sundargarh, Balangir, Kandhamal and Aska and the 35 assembly seats below them on April 18.

As many as 35%, (81 of the 241) applicants for the assembly seats have criminal cases whilst 28% (68) have severe criminal cases like assault, homicide, kidnap, rape, crimes towards ladies and bribery towards them. Among the LS applicants, five of the 35 (14%) have severe criminal cases towards them.

In the second phase, there are 14 purple alert constituencies — seats that experience 3 or extra applicants with declared criminal cases.

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