Candidates with Criminal Background of Himachal Pradesh assembly election, 2017.

  • Candidates with Criminal Cases:Out of the 338 candidates analysed, 61(18%) candidates have declared criminal cases against them.
  • Candidates with Serious Criminal Cases:31 (9%) candidates have declared serious criminal cases against them.
  • Candidates with cases related to murder:candidate namely Ram Kumar, an INC candidate constesting from Doon constituency has declared case related to murder (Indian Penal Code Section-302)against himself.
  • Candidates with cases related to attempt to murder:candidates have declared cases related to attempt to murder (Indian Penal Code Section-307) against them.
  • Party wise Candidates with Criminal Cases:6 (9%) out of 68 candidates from Indian National Congress (INC), 23(34%) out of 68 candidates from Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP)3(7%) out of 42 candidates from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), 10(71%) out of 14 candidates from CPI(M) and 16(14%) out of 112 Independent candidates have declared criminal cases against them in their affidavits.
  • Party wise Candidates with Serious Criminal Cases:3 (4%) out of 68 candidates from Indian National Congress (INC), 9(13%) out of 68 candidates from Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP)2(5%) out of 42 candidates from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) , 9(64%)  out of 14 candidates from  CPI(M) and 6(5%) out of 112 Independent candidates have declared  serious criminal cases including murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping etc. against them in their affidavits.

Figure 1: Party Wise Candidates with Criminal Cases

 

  • Red Alert Constituencies*:constituencies namely Dalhousie and Mandi in the Himachal Pradesh assembly elections have 3 or more candidates with declared criminal cases.

*Red Alert Constituencies are those which have 3 or more candidates with criminal cases contesting elections

Financial Background

Figure 2: Share of Wealth among Candidates

  • Share of wealth among candidates : The share of wealth amongst the candidates contesting in assembly elections of Himachal Pradesh is as follows:
Value of assets No. of candidates  Percentage of candidates
Rs 5 cr and above 55 16%
Rs 2 crores to 5 crores 55 16%
Rs 50 lakhs to 2 crores 105 31%
Rs 10 lakhs to 50 lakhs 70 21%
less than Rs 10 lakhs 53 16%

Table 1: Share of wealth amongst contesting candidates

  • Crorepati Candidates: Out of the 338 candidates analysed, 158 (47%) are crorepatis.
  • Party wiseCrorepati Candidates: 59 (87%) out of 68 candidates from INC47 (69%) out of 68 candidates from BJP, 6(14%) out of 42 candidates from BSP, 3 (21%) out of 14 candidates from CPI (M), 1(33%)out of 3 candidates from CPI, and 36 (32%) out of 112 Independent candidates have declared assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore.

Figure 3: Party Wise Crorepati Candidates

  • Average assets: The average of assets per candidate contesting in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017 is Rs 4.07 Crores.
  • Party wise average assets:Among the major parties, the average assets per candidate for 68 INC candidates is Rs 8.56 crores68 BJP candidates have average assets of Rs 5.31 crores, 42 BSP candidates have average assets worth Rs 46.78 lakhs, 14 CPI (M) candidates have average assets worth Rs 2.31 crores3 CPI candidates have average assets worth Rs 74.64 lakhs, and 112 Independent candidates have average assets of Rs. 3.20 Crores.
  • High asset candidates*: The  top 3  candidates with highest assets  contesting in the Himachal Pradesh 2017 Assembly Elections are given below:
S.No. Name District Constituency Party Name Movable Assets (Rs) Immovable Assets (Rs) Total Assets (Rs) PAN Given
1 Balvir Singh Verma SHIMLA CHOPAL BJP 3,12,79,000 87,60,50,000 90,73,29,000
90 Crore+
Y
2 Vikramaditya Singh SHIMLA SHIMLA RURAL INC 4,50,30,056 79,82,50,958 84,32,81,014
84 Crore+
Y
3 Dr. Rajesh Sharma KANGRA KANGRA IND 1,83,03,097 73,00,00,000 74,83,03,097
74 Crore+
Y

Table 2: Top three candidates with highest declared assets

 

  • Low asset candidates:The three candidates with lowest assets are as follows:
S.No. Name District Constituency Party Name Movable Assets (Rs) Immovable Assets (Rs) Total Assets (Rs) PAN Given
1 Nand Kumar CHAMBA CHURAH SP 1,000* 0 1,000
1 Thou+
Y
2 Churamani MANDI DARANG IND 3,788* 0 3,788
3 Thou+
N
3 Sunder Lal MANDI SERAJ BSP 9,000 0 9,000
9 Thou+
N

Table 3: Candidates with declared lowest assets

Candidates with high liabilities: 232 (69%) out of 338 candidates have declared liabilities. The top three candidates with highest liabilities are as given below:

S.No. Name District Constituency Party Total Assets(Rs) Liabilities (Rs) Disputed liabilities (Rs) PAN Given
1 Balvir Singh Verma SHIMLA CHOPAL BJP 90,73,29,000
90 Crore+
# 26,73,34,000
26 Crore+
73,00,000#
73 Lacs+
Y
2 G S Bali KANGRA NAGROTA INC 44,96,44,670
44 Crore+
17,12,50,473
17 Crore+
0 Y
3 Virbhadra Singh SOLAN ARKI INC 30,52,15,611
30 Crore+
6,25,24,000
6 Crore+
0 Y

Table 4: Top three candidates with high liabilities    # Disputed Liabilities

  • Undeclared PAN:A total of 20(6%) out of the 338 candidates analysed have not declared their PAN details.
  • Candidates with high income as declared in the ITR*:5 candidates have declared self annual income of more than Rs 1 Crore.  G. S. Bali, an INC candidate contesting from Nagrota constituency has declared the highest self income (annual). His annual income is Rs.3.42 crores and he has declared his   salary from Himachal Pradesh government as his source of income.  The details of these 5 candidates are as given below:
S.No. Name Party Constituency District Total Asset (Rs) The financial year for which the last income tax return has been filed by candidate Total income shown by candidate in ITR (Self+Spouse+Dependent) (Rs) Self income shown by candidate in ITR (Rs) Self Source of Income Spouse’s Source of Income
1 G S Bali INC NAGROTA KANGRA 3,33,62,180  3 Crore+ 2016-2017 44,96,44,670

44 Crore+

3,42,01,785

3 Crore+

Salary from H.P. Govt. Business and Rental Income
2 Dr. Rajesh Sharma IND KANGRA KANGRA 1,01,97,160  1 Crore+ 2015-2016 74,83,03,097

74 Crore+

1,67,57,914

1 Crore+

Professional & Rental Income Business Income
3 Balvir Singh Verma BJP CHOPAL SHIMLA 1,25,81,673  1 Crore+ 2015-2016 90,73,29,000

90 Crore+

1,25,81,673

1 Crore+

Business, Agriculture, Horticulture, Rent & Hotel
4 Mahender Singh BJP DHARAMPUR MANDI 18,54,870    18 Lacs+ 2017-2018 15,63,35,376

15 Crore+

1,14,37,084

1 Crore+

5 Virbhadra Singh INC ARKI SOLAN 31,12,380

31 Lacs+

2017-2018 30,52,15,611

30 Crore+

1,04,64,065

1 Crore+

Salary, Bank Interest, Agriculture /Horticulture Interest, Pension, Agriculture /Horticulture

Table 5: Candidates with high income as declared in ITR

*Total income includes income of self, spouse and dependents

 

  • Sources of Income71 (20%) out of 338 candidates have not declared their sources of income.
  • Candidates who have not declared Income Tax Details*:101 (30%) out of 338 candidates analysed have not declared income tax details.

* Some candidates may be exempted from filing Income Tax Returns

  • Candidates with high assets who have not declared Income Tax Details*:  Top 3 candidates with high assets have not declared income tax details. Their details  are as given below:
S.No. Name District Constituency Party Name Total Assets (Rs) PAN Given Self Income
1 Dev Raj Bhardwaj SHIMLA KASUMPTI IND 65,28,02,017 65 Crore+ Y ITR not filed
2 Rakesh Singha SHIMLA THEOG CPI(M) 18,15,08,484 18 Crore+ Y ITR not filed
3 Aditya Vikram Singh KULLU BANJAR INC 4,34,24,987 4 Crore+ Y ITR not filed

Table 6: Candidates with highest assets who have not declared ITR details

* Some candidates may be exempted from filing Income Tax Returns

Other Background Details

  • Education details of candidates: 120 (36%)candidates have declared their educational qualification to be between 5th pass and 12th pass, while 214(63%) candidates have declared having an educational qualification of graduate or above.   There is 1 candidate who is illiterate, while 1   who has not given his educational details.
  • Age details of candidates:155(46%) candidates have declared their age to be between 25 and 50 years while 179(53%) candidates have declared their age to be between 51 and 80 years. 1 candidate has declared her age above 80 years, while  3  have not given their age details.
  • Gender details of candidates:19 (6%) women candidates are contesting in the Himachal Pradesh assembly election, 2017.

Analysis of Asset Comparison of Re contesting MLAs

Himachal Pradesh Election Watch (HPEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analyzed the affidavits of 60 MLAs recontesting in the 2017 Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections.

  • Average Assets in 2012 Elections:The average assets of these 60 re-contesting MLAs from various parties including independent MLAs in 2012 was Rs 5.23 crores (Rs 5,23,85,402)
  • Average Assets in 2017 Elections:The average assets of these 60 re-contesting MLAs in 2017 is Rs 9.44 crores (Rs. 9, 44, 80,695).
  • Average Asset change from 2012 to 2017:The average assets of these 60 re- contesting MLAs, between the Himachal Pradesh Elections of 2012 and 2017 has  increased by Rs. 4.20 crores (Rs. 4,20,95,293).
  • Percentage change in assets from 2012 to 2017: The average percentage increase in assets for these 60 re-contesting MLAs is 80%.

Contact Details

Himachal Pradesh Election Watch

Dr. O.P. Bhuraita

State Coordinator

+91-8894164165
opbhuraita@rediffmail.com

National Election Watch/Association for Democratic Reforms

 

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