RS poll: BJP's candidate richer than joint candidate of SP-Cong

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Lucknow, Nov 10 (UNI) Mohammad Adib, the joint candidate of the Congress and the Samajwadi Party (SP) for the coming biennial Rajya Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh, stands ''less wealthier,'' with property worth Rs one crore in all, when compared to BJP's candidate in fray Kusum Rai.

Mhd Adib and Ms Rai today filed the affadavits of details of their properties and other assets along with their nomination papers for the RS elections.

While, Mhd Adib -- an Independent candidate fielded with the support of the SP and the Congress -- declared assets worth Rs one crore, Ms Rai is own said to assets worth Rs three crore, placing her in a richer position.

As per the affidavit, Mohammad Adib owns a piece of land costing around Rs 60 lakh in Aligarh and an ancestral house, with an estimated worth of Rs 40 lakh in Barabanki.

Besides, he, along with his spouse, has Rs one lakh as bank deposits and fixed deposits (FD).

Contrarily, Ms Rai possesses houses/shop of the value of Rs 1.65 crore, which included one shop and three houses in her name and two flats in the name of her spouse Rajesh Rai.

Details, submitted on her oath, have also 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 Ms Rai.

Besides, the agriculture land in the name of Rajesh Rai, totalling to Rs 23.54 lakh, is also given in the declaration.

Ms Rai had also declared savings 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 jwellery worth Rs 11.3 lakh and one revolver worth Rs 25,000 in her name and one revolver and worth Rs 35,000 and one rifle worth Rs 41,000 in the name of her husband.

Ms Rai, given precendence over stalwarts like BJP 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 Upper House of the state legislature, she filed nomination on the last day of filing the nominations to the biennial RS polls on 10 seats.

Ms Rai, a protege of BJP heavyweight Kalayan Singh, speaking to mediapersons after her nominations said that her candidature was in the lines of BJP's policy to enhanace 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 nomination. To which, the RS candidate of BJP 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.

Earlier, six BSP candidates, including sitting RS member Veer Singh, former Union Minister and now BSP general secretary Akhilesh Das, Brajesh Pathak, Avtar Singh Karimpuri, Rajaram and Brijlal Khabari had filed nominations. Besides, two SP candidates, Amar Singh and Ram Gopal Yadav, had filed nominations.

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