Around 61 (41 per cent) of the total 150 candidates,in the fray for the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation elections,are crorepatis,according to the Punjab Election Watch (PEW).
Among major parties,the average asset per candidate for the Congress was Rs 1 crore plus; Rs 3 crore plus for SAD and Rs 1 crore plus for the BJP.
PEW,an NGO,which monitors poll activity in the state,says that after analysing the affidavits of the 150 candidates,it found that eight had pending criminal cases,with seven candidates facing serious charges like murder,attempt to murder,kidnapping,robbery,extortion,cheating and forgery.
Of these,four are from the Congress,while three are from the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD),said Jaskirat Singh,co-ordinator of PEW. There are a total of 19 IPC charges of serious nature on the candidates.
According to PEW,48 candidates declared liabilities of 5 lakhs and above ,while 13 (9 per cent) dont have a PAN. Around 50 candidates (33 per cent) are graduates while four are illiterate,18 have passed Class VIII,37 have passed class X and 19 have passes class XII.
PEW states that Congress crorepatis,Hardeep Singh,Sikander Singh,Satwinder Singh Jawaddi,Satinder Kaur and another from SAD Harcharn,have never filed tax returns. Priyanka Basant of Congress has the highest liabilities of above Rs 1 crore.