Ground Report | New Delhi: Richest Candidates in Punjab elections; Elections are not inexpensive, which is why American political candidates have to attend endless rounds of fundraising dinners and events, from tight rules on individual donations to raising the millions of dollars needed for a shot at high public office.
This year, in the Punjab Assembly elections, some candidates might have scored a few times more than their campaign, and then some.
10 Richest Candidates in Punjab Elections 2022
- Kulwant Singh: With assets worth ₹250 crore, real estate tycoon and former mayor Kulwant Singh, who is an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Mohali Urban, is the richest among those contesting the Punjab Assembly elections from the district.
- Rana Gurjit: has been inducted into the elite club by Congress candidate Rana Gurjit Singh from Kapurthala and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president and Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir. Singh Badal. With Rs 169.88 crore, as declared in the affidavit to the Election Commission, businessman-turned-politician Rana Gurjit Singh leads the pack of 1,941 candidates, who are in the fray for 117 assembly seats. A former MP from Jalandhar, this time he is contesting the assembly elections from Kapurthala on a Congress ticket. He owns sugar mills in Amritsar and Uttar Pradesh and owns the Rana Group of Companies.
- Sukhbir Singh Badal: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal (59) is contesting from Jalalabad in Punjab. Sukhbir Badal in his affidavit has declared his net worth as Rs 122.77 crore, which includes Rs 71.56 crore owned by his wife and former Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
- Karan Kaur Brar: The Congress candidate from Muktsar, daughter-in-law of Chief Minister Harcharan Singh Brar, was the wealthiest and the 2012 assembly elections. This year Kaur is the second richest candidate with a net worth of Rs 119.4 crore.
- Kewal Dhillon: candidate from Barnala, who has Rs 89.14 crore and is among the wealthiest MLAs in the state. He is the owner of the Dhillian Group, which deals in real estate, liquor, entertainment and shopping malls.
- Captain Amarinder Singh: Former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, who fielded his own political party called Punjab Lok Congress after quitting Congress, is contesting from Patiala Urban. The 79-year-old has declared his net worth in his affidavit to be Rs 68.73 crore, of which Rs 10.42 crore is movable and immovable.
- Arora: With a net worth of Rs 65.86 crore, Arora, who is contesting on an AAP ticket from Sunam, is the wealthiest person in the party who has made a name for himself with his anti-corruption agenda. Arora, a businessman-turned-politician, left the Congress last year to join the AAP.
- Ranjit Singh Gill: is of the ruling pa y with assets of Rs 62.91 crore. A leading realtor, he is the promoter of the 400-acre Gilco Valley in Kharar, from where he is contesting. He is followed by businessman Sarabjit Makar competing with Jalandhar Cantt and has assets worth Rs 59 crore.
- Sukhpal Khaira: Former Congress spokesperson Sukhpal Khaira, who joined AAP last year, is the second richest candidate of the party with assets of Rs 59.46 crore. He is contesting from Bholath.
- Navjot Singh Sidhu : Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu is contesting from Amritsar East seat. The 58-year-old has declared total assets worth Rs 44.63 crore in his affidavit, of which Rs 1.9 crore is movable.
Sidhu has two Toyota Land Cruisers and a Fortuner watches worth Rs 44 lakh and jewellery worth Rs 30 lakh. He has self-acquired assets worth Rs 37 crore and inherited Rs 1.4 crore.
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