Updated May 22nd, 2024 at 18:18 IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: 20 Crorepati Candidates in Race For 6 Seats in Odisha

At least 20 crorepati candidates are in fray for the Lok Sabha from the six Lok Sabha constituencies of Odisha, scheduled to go to the polls in the last phase.

Reported by: Digital Desk
20 crorepati candidates in fray for last phase of Lok Sabha polls in Odisha | Image:PTI/Representational
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Bhubaneswar: At least 20 crorepati candidates from various political parties are in fray for the Lok Sabha, who are contesting from the six Lok Sabha constituencies of Odisha scheduled to go to the polls in the last phase of the elections on June 1, in the ongoing parliamentary elections in the country. The details were revealed by the Odisha Election Watch and the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) on Wednesday.

According to the ADR, out of the 66 candidates contesting in these six constituencies — Balasore, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Kendrapara, and Mayurbhanj — 20 have assets worth more than Rs 1 crore, with the average assets of the nominees in this phase amounting to Rs 3.83 crore.

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Out of 15 candidates, 10 are facing serious criminal charges: ADR

Among the major parties, BJP candidates have an average asset value of Rs 27.12 crore, followed by BJD candidates with Rs 6.61 crore, and Congress aspirants with Rs 2.37 crore.

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Baijayant Panda, the BJP nominee for Kendrapara, is the wealthiest among the candidates, with declared assets worth Rs 148.08 crore. Following him is independent candidate Sriram Pandey with Rs 18.23 crore, and sitting BJP MP Manjulata Mandal from Bhadrak with Rs 14.86 crore.

Candidates with lowest declared assets are Bhanumati Das of Utkal Samaj Party with Rs 1,500 (Jagatsinghpur), independent candidate Deepak Sankar Thakur Giri with Rs 6,000 (Balasore), and BSP’s Bibhuti Bhusan Majhi with Rs 6,061 (Jagatsinghpur).

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ADR also reported that 15 candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves, with 10 facing serious criminal charges.

Educational qualifications among the candidates vary, with 19 having completed education between class V and XII, and 43 being graduates or holding higher degrees. Additionally, two candidates hold diplomas, and two have declared themselves as just literate. 
 

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Published May 22nd, 2024 at 18:18 IST