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NEW DELHI: More than a quarter of Delhi’s population may be living in slums, but the upcoming assembly elections are becoming an election of crorepatis or multi-millionaires who want to rule the Indian capital.
While the average wealth of candidates in Rs 3.43 crore, almost one-third of the 800 candidates for the December 4 election to the 70-member Delhi assembly are multi-millionaires.
Topping the list of crorepati candidates is Manjinder Singh Sirsa of the Shiromani Akali Dal. Sirsa, who is contesting from Rajouri Garden in west Delhi, is worth Rs. 236 crore as per his poll affidavit.
Sushil Gupta, who is the Congress candidate from Moti Nagar, is worth Rs. 164 crore.
The ADR Election Watch, the independent watchdog which analyzed poll affidavits of the candidates, says the average wealth of Congress candidates is Rs. 14 crore. The average wealth of BJP candidates is Rs. 8 crore.
Curiously, the average wealth of Aam Aadmi Party candidates in the election for the Indian capital is also Rs. 2.5 crore!