Of those who have declared firearms as a component in their movable assets while filing nominations for the Lok Sabha elections in the Ghaziabad constituency, former Army General V K Singh tops the list with four guns worth Rs 3.5 lakh.
Apart from Singh, who is contesting on a BJP ticket, three other candidates — of the Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP), Samajwadi Party (SP) and Peace Party — have also declared firearms as a part of their moveable assets.
V K Singh has listed a .22 calibre rifle, worth Rs 1 lakh and a ‘Springfield’ gun, which was gifted to the former Army chief by his father-in-law, worth Rs 50,000. Apart from these two, Singh has also declared a “DBBL” gun worth Rs 50,000 and a pistol worth Rs 1 lakh, which belongs to his wife. After filing his nominations on March 21, Singh had said, “The issues that I am fighting this election are the ones that concern the people directly — beginning from good and strong governance.”
Next on the list is Peace Party candidate Anees Chaudhary. He has declared a pistol and a “DBBL” gun, the cumulative worth of which has been given as Rs 2 lakh.
Founded in 2008, by Mohammad Ayub, a doctor, the Peace Party targets Muslims and other socially-backward groups. Though the party is yet to open its tally in the Lok Sabha election, its popularity in Uttar Pradesh has grown and the party won four seats in the 2012 UP Assembly elections and emerged as the fifth largest party in terms of vote share.
BSP candidate Mukul Upadhyay, who like his BJP counterpart has declared four firearms as a part of his moveable assets, has declared the cumulative worth of these guns as Rs 91,320. According to the affidavit submitted by him, he owns a revolver worth Rs 65,000, a rifle worth Rs 12,000 and a gun worth Rs 3,000. Upadhyay’s wife also owns a double-barrel gun, which is worth Rs 11,320.
Samajwadi Party candidate, Sudhan Rawat, has also declared three guns — a rifle, a revolver and a gun — as a part of his moveable assets, but has not specified the monetary evaluation of these firearms in his nominations.