BMC Polls contesting candidates are super rich already, as per their declared assets in affidavits

by Web Desk | Updated: 2017-02-13

Going by the assets declared by candidates ahead of BMC polls, Asia’s richest civic body may soon host the richest corporators as well. Among those who have thrown their hats in the ring are more than two dozen candidates, including sitting corporators and first-timers, who have declared over Rs 5 crore in assets.
While it has already been reported on the richest candidate, BJP’s Parag Shah, who has declared assets worth Rs 690 crore, in the Richie Rich list contesting this time around is MLA Parag Alawani’s wife, Jyoti, who has declared assets worth Rs 25.16 crore. This is a massive leap from 2012 elections when she had declared only Rs 1.15 crore in assets. They have liabilities of Rs 25 lakhs.
Ex-Mayor Shraddha Jadhav has declared assets worth Rs 25.27 crore. Her assets have risen more than 1300 per cent since 2012 elections, when she declared only Rs 1.73 crore.
Senior Congress corporator and leader of opposition Pravin Chheda has declared assets worth Rs 14.04 crore. The figure is up from the Rs 10.52 crore he had declared while contesting the Assembly elections in 2014.
Chheda is pitted against the richest candidate, Parag Shah, in Ghatkopar.
BMC Mayor Snehal Ambekar, who is contesting from Parel, has declared assets only worth Rs 1.28 crore but this figure is more than triple the amount revealed last time around. She had declared assets worth Rs 42 lakh in 2012.
Other notable crorepatis fighting this election include MLA Raj Purohit’s son Akash (Rs 7.5 crore), ex-MLA Sada Sarvankar’s son Samadhan (Rs 9 crore) and MLA Bharti Lavhekar’s nephew Yogiraj Dabhadkar (Rs 2.07 crore). Samadhan, who contested 2012 BMC elections, had then declared assets worth Rs 1.35 crore.
Minister Vidya Thakur’s son Deepak, who is contesting from Goregaon, has declared assets worth Rs 2.10 crore.
But sitting corporators or ones who have already tasted success once are not the only crorepatis trying their luck. Mukesh Karia, a former senior BJP functionary who had joined Shiv Sena after he was denied a ticket in favour of Kirit Somaiyya’s son, has declared assets worth Rs 8.41 crore. He is contesting from ward No 108 (Mulund).
Over 2,000 persons are fighting for the 227 seats up for grabs in the BMC.