J&K Parliament Elections: Among 100 candidates, 16 face criminal cases, 29 candidates are crorepatis

In Jammu and Kashmir 100 candidates are in the fray for the Parliament elections. Among them, 29 candidates are crorepatis while 16 candidates face criminal cases.

Among the 16 candidates facing criminal cases, one is an 8th pass candidate who has been facing 10 criminal cases.

The data available with the news agency Kashmir News Trust reveals that three candidates in the fray are illiterate while dozens of candidates mostly Independent are lower than the 12th standard qualification.

Almost all the popular candidates except former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba are crorepatis. The total assets of Mehbooba Mufti are over 75 lakhs, Omar Abdullah over 54 lakhs, Sajjad Gani Lone over 20 crores, Syed Rahullah Mehdi over 3.50 crore, Muhammad Ashraf Mir nearly 33 crores, Waheed Parra nearly 3 crores, Dr Jitendar Singh Rana nearly 9 crores, Lal Singh 3.50 crore, Jugal Kishor Sharma nearly 8 crore, Raman Bhalla over 9 crore, Zaffar Iqbal Manhas over one crore and Mian Altaf of National Conference nearly 4 crore.

An independent candidate Muhammad Sultan Ganaie in his affidavit has shown assets worth Rs 67 only.

Among the total 100 candidates, 59 candidates are contesting elections as independents. [KNT]

Neyaz Elahi

Neyaz Elahi, who switched from Electronic to Print Media is a Kashmir based Accredited Journalist who has written extensively on Kashmir for local, national and international web portals. He is currently associated with Srinagar based News Agency Kashmir News Trust (KNT).

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