BJP candidate Kusum Rai declares assets worth Rs three crore

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Lucknow, Nov 10 (UNI) Ms Kusum Rai,who filed her nomination as BJP candidate for biennial Rajya Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh today, has declared her assets amounting to about Rs three crore.

The details of her movable and immovable property filed along with the nomination shows possession of house/shop of the valuation of Rs 1.65 crore which included one shop and three houses in the name of Ms Rai and two flats in the name of her spouse Rajesh Rai.

Details submitted on oath have shown two plots of the current market valuation of Rs 20 lakh and Rs 13.2 lakh each in Lucknow and one plot of Rs 75,000 in Indirapuram, Ghaziabad in the name of Kusum Rai.

Besides, the agriculture land in the name of Rajesh Rai totalling to Rs 23.54 lakh has also been mentioned in the declaration.

Ms Rai has also declared saving bank deposit and fixed deposit assets amounting to approximately Rs 77 lakh in her name and in the names of her spouse and two children. In addition, she is in the possession of jewellery worth Rs 11.3 lakh and one revolver worth Rs 25,000 in her name and one revolver worth Rs 35,000 and one rifle worth Rs 41,000 in the name of her husband.

Ms Rai, given precedence over BJP stalwarts like Party president Rajnath Singh, general secretary Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and many others waiting in the wings, is the lone BJP candidate to contest Rajya Sabha polls.

A member of the Upper House of the State Legislature, Ms Rai filed her nomination on the last day.

Earlier, six BSP candidates -- sitting RS member Veer Singh, BSP general secreatry and former union minister Akhilesh Das, Brajesh Pathak, Avtar Singh Karimpuri, Rajaram and Brijlal Khabari had filed their nominations. Besides, two Samajwadi Party candidates -- Amar Singh and Ram Gopal Yadav-- had filed nominations.

Kusum Rai, a protege of BJP heavyweight Kalyan Singh, speaking to mediapersons after filing her nomination said her candidature was on the lines of BJP's policy to enhance women participation.

She denied that she was given preference in view of the resentment of Kalyan Singh with the party which was quite evident in the recent past.

Mr Singh, though, was absent at the time of filing of Ms Rai's nomination. On his absence, Ms Rai said he was too big a leader to be present at the time of RS nomination but his experience would be sought as and when required.

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