Bihar election: 5 richest candidates in the Second phase

After the first phase of voting in Bihar on October 28, all eyes are now set on the second phase. On November 3, 94 assembly seats will be voted for the second phase. A total of 1461 candidates are contesting in this phase. But financial resources of the candidates can allow the voters to estimate and understand the reach of the particular candidates. It is also a parameter to analyze these resources affecting the voting patterns. It is only in the best interest of Bihar that the voters know the details of 5 richest candidates in the second phase of the Bihar Assembly election. But they belong to which party? How much total movable and immovable property do they have? As such, the Association for Democratic Reform (ADR) is looking into the entire details of the assets of the second phase candidates. But in the initial report, the top-5 richest candidates have been revealed.

The richest candidate in the second phase is Sanjeev Singh, who is contesting from the Vaishali Assembly seat on a Congress ticket. Sanjiv Singh is the president of the state IT cell of the Congress. In his nomination affidavit, he has declared his total movable and immovable property as 56.6 crores. This is the highest property in the screening of 1461 candidates for the second phase.

Rashtriya Janata Dal candidate Dev Kumar Chaurasia has an old identity as the leader of Janata Dal-United in the Hajipur assembly seat. He was also the state general secretary of JDU, but about a year ago, he broke ties with JDU and joined RJD and is now in the fray. Dev Kumar has declared his total assets at Rs 49.3 crore.

Ananya Sinha is the candidate of the Congress in the Paroo Assembly seat in Muzaffarpur district. Ananya is also one of the richest candidates in the second phase. He has declared his total assets at the time of nomination to be Rs 46.1 crore. In this, he has movable assets of 1.86 crore and immovable property of 44.23 crores. Ananya faces two-time BJP MLA Ashok Kumar Singh in the upcoming election.

Ajit Sharma is in fourth place among the richest candidates. Ajit is going to contest from Bhagalpur Assembly seat on a Congress ticket. They have declared their total assets at Rs 43.2 crore. It has both movable and immovable assets. Ajit Sharma has described himself as a businessman who also owns a hotel in immovable property.

JDU has nominated Sunil Kumar as the candidate for the Bhore Assembly seat in the Gopalganj district. Sunil has been a former DGP of Bihar. He has declared his total assets at Rs 42.3 crore. The reserve for the Scheduled Castes is a triangular contest in this seat, where Sunil Kumar is on one side and Jitendra Paswan of CPI-ML candidate from Mahagathbandhan and Pushpa Devi from LJP are in the fray.

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Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan is a student at the Centre for Chinese and South-east Asian Studies, JNU, New Delhi. He also works with Hasratein- a Delhi based queer collective. The current area of his academic interest lies in the study of the Chinese language and society.