Many of the new Rajya Sabha candidates are businessmen who have entered politics or vice versa and property is one of the major wealth factors listed.
The richest among candidates from Odisha is former minister and BJD MLA A U Singhdeo, who owns property worth more than Rs 11 crore. Congress candidate Ranjiv Biswal has declared property worth about Rs 5 crore. Panchayati Raj Minister Kalpataru Das more than Rs 2 crore; BJD-backed independent candidate Raghunath Mohapatra has property worth more than Rs 3 crore and BJD’s Sarojini Hembrum has property worth more than Rs 1 crore.
Andhra Pradesh, known for its mining magnates and rich businessmen, throws up few surprises in the Richie Rich category. All seven candidates in the fray, except M A Khan are crorepatis.
According to affidavits, the Congress candidate and versatile biz-politico and Tollywood powerhouse T Subbarami Reddy and his wife Indira have assets worth about Rs 422 crore. Independent candidate, gentleman farmer and entrepreneur Adala Prabhakar Reddy declared assets worth Rs 128 crore. Congress senior leader KVP Ramachander Rao’s worth is about Rs 23 crore. The TDP is no poorer-its candidate Garikapati Mohan Rao declared a net worth of about `38 crore. Another TDP candidate Ramalakshmi declared assets of more than Rs 6 crore.
Telangana makes its millionaire mark with TRS candidate K Kesava Rao declaring assets worth more than Rs 3 crore.
In Madhya Pradesh, Congress candidate Digivijay Singh has declared assets worth more than Rs 2 crore. Both BJP candidates Prabha Jha and Satya Narayan Jatiya have assets of more than Rs 1 crore.
The development index of Gujarat is reflected in its RS candidate list: among the four candidates from the state, three are crorepatis. Madhusudhan Mistry of Congress is worth more than Rs 1 crore. BJP candidates Shabhuprasad Tundia and Chinibhai Gohil are worth more than Rs 2.5 crore and Rs 11 crore respectively. From Assam, both Congress candidates Sanjay Singh, former Raja of Amethi, and Bhubaneshwar Kalitha have declared assets worth more than Rs 6 crore.
Jharkhand has two candidates-both crorepatis. Independent candidate Parimal Nathwani has assets worth more than Rs 50 crore and Prem Chand Gupta, supported by the UPA, has assets worth over Rs 6 crore. According to a recent survey by the Association of Democratic Reforms and the National Election Watch, Mahendra Prasad of JD(U) is at present the richest Rajya Sabha MP, with total assets worth Rs 683 crore.