All the candidates, from both of the leading parties except five, in the fray for the 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat, are “crorepatis”, revealed the affidavits submitted by them with their nomination papers.
Four of the five candidates, whose total assets are less than one crore rupees, belong to the tribal community.
Here’s the list of the candidates and their assets-
Some of the richest candidates from these two major parties include Congress’ Mehsana nominee, Ambalal Patel, who has declared assets worth Rs. 69.9 crore. BJP candidate and sitting MP from Navsari, Chandrakant Patel, has declared assets worth Rs. 44.6 crore.
BJP’s Shardaben Patel, who is pitted against Ambalal Patel in Mehsana, has shown assets worth Rs. 44 crore.
Ramesh Dhaduk, the BJP candidate who replaced sitting MP Vitthal Radadiya on Porbandar seat, has declared assets worth Rs. 35.75 crore.
Poonam Maadam, BJP MP from Jamnagar, who is seeking her re-election from the same seat, has declared assets worth Rs. 42.7 crore.
Three candidates of the Congress and two BJP nominees have declared assets less than Rs. one crore. Mansukh Vasava, the sitting BJP MP from Bharuch, who is seeking his re-election for the sixth time, has declared assets worth Rs. 68.35 lakh.
Sherkhan Pathan, the congress candidate, who is contesting against Vasava, has declared assets of Rs. 33.4 lakh. Naresh Maheshwari, the Congress candidate from Kutch, has declared total assets of Rs. 38.13 lakh.
BJP nominee Gitaben Rathva, who is contesting the election from tribal-reserved seat of Chhota Udepur, has declared assets worth Rs. 86.3 lakh.
Jitu Chaudhary, the Congress candidate from tribal-reserved seat of Valsad, has declared total assets of Rs. 66.1 lakh.
Total assets include both movable and immovable assets belonging to the candidates, their spouses, and dependents, as declared in the affidavits submitted along with the nomination papers to the returning officer.
The elections will be held on April 23 in Gujarat.