Mumbai's richest and poorest candidates slug it out for north central seat

Sunday, 6 April 2014 - 8:08am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

On the last day of the nominations for the Lok sabha polls 2014, it is the Mumbai's north central parliamentary seat that has finished with the richest and the poorest candidate of the city.

Till late Saturday evening, scrutiny of close to 97 of 151 affidavits filed by the candidates of various political parties and independent candidates reveal that BJP's Poonam Mahajan with assets worth Rs 108 crore is the richest candidate in Mumbai for this poll. 

The candidate with least assets is also from the same seat – BSP's Shinde Anand Venkatrao, who along with his spouse has a total worth of Rs 35000. As per his affidavit, the couple does not have any bank account, jewellery, vehicle or property. Venkatrao, who could not be contacted for comments, has claimed his profession to be an “estate agent.”

The two important candidates whose nomination formalities were completed on Saturday included BJP's Kirit Somaiya, contesting from north-east parliamentary seat and Shiv Sena's Rahul Shewale, who has entered the fray from south central.

Somaiya, who had lost the Mumbai north-east seat to NCP's Sanjay Dina Patil in 2009, has seen an increase of Rs4 crore in his total assets in five years. As per his latest affidavit, his assets have increased to Rs7.2 crore as against 3 crores in 2009.

Shewale, who is making his debut in this polls, has claimed his assets to be worth Rs 1.33 crore, but with a liability of Rs 1 crore. Shewale also does not have any immovable assets like property, agricultural land etc, he also does not own any vehicle. 

Assets of Samajwadi party's Farhan Azmi, son of SP leader Abu Azmi, have seen a steep jump in last five years. In 2009, Azmi had filed his nomination for the Bhiwandi (East) by-poll and his declared assets were worth Rs 16 crore. This time his affidavit shows that he has assets worth Rs 64 crore. Like most politicians, Azmi too has attributed this drastic increase in the assets to the appreciating land prices.

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