Bhubaneswar:20/4/19:Odisha Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 60 out
of 61 candidates, who are contesting in the following constituencies in Odisha Phase III Lok Sabha Elections: 2019.
1. Candidates with Criminal Cases: Out of 60 candidates analyzed, 15(25%) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves.
2. Candidates with Serious Criminal Cases: 10(17%) candidates have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.
3. Crorepati Candidates: Out of the 60 candidates,16 (27%) candidates have assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore.
4. Average Assets: The average of assets per candidate contesting in the Odisha in Lok Sabha Phase III Elections is Rs. 3.87 crores.
With assets over Rs 117 crore, BJD’s Puri Lok Sabha candidate Pinaki Misra is the richest among candidates for among the 415 candidates contesting the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the third phase.
Bobby Mohanty of Congress is the richest Assembly candidate with assets over Rs 106 crore. He is contesting from Badamba Assembly segment. The third phase election is scheduled to be held on April 23.
BJP’s Sambalpur Lok Sabha nominee Nitesh Ganga Deb’s has assets worth over Rs 26 crore followed by Congress Dhenkanal Lok Sabha candidate KP Singhdeo with assets worth over Rs 25 crore.
Similarly, out of 354 candidates in fray for 42 Assembly seats, 103 are declared crorepatis in the State.
Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik owns assets worth over Rs 60 crore. Patnaik is contesting from two Assembly seats this time.