As many as 25% candidates contesting the direct election for the post of municipal council president in 14 civic bodies in Pune and Latur districts are crorepatis.
Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Maharashtra Election Watch, a non-political group aiming at electoral and governmental reforms, analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 93 candidates contesting for the post of president in second phase of elections in the two districts scheduled to be held on Wednesday.
Out of the 93 candidates analysed, 23 (25%) are crorepatis, a statement issued by ADR said.
Direct election for the post of president are taking place at all 14 municipal councils -- 10 councils in Pune and 4 councils in Latur.
The average assets per candidate analysed for this election, is little over Rs 1.42 crore. The candidate with highest declared total assets is Sharif Syedsikandar Syed who is contesting from Ausa Municipal Council (Latur), with assets worth over Rs 20 crore.
There are only 2 candidates who declared zero assets in the two districts. There are 16 (excluding those declaring zero assets) candidates who declared low assets below Rs 2 lakh in these districts. The candidate with highest declared total liabilities is Mithilesh Madhusudan Kendre contesting from Talegaon Dabhade Municipal Council (Pune), having liabilities of over Rs 16 crore.
Four candidates have declared their age between 21 to 24 years, 5 are aged between 25 to 30 years, 24 candidates between 31 to 40 years, 30 candidates have declared their age between 41 to 50 years, 17 candidates are between 51 to 60 years, while, 13 candidates are aged between 61 to 70 years, the statement added.
In Pune district, the councils going to polls are Baramati, Lonavala, Daund, Talegaon Dabhade, Alandi, Indapur, Jejuri, Junnar, Saswad, Shirur. While in Latur district ,there are elections in Udgir, Ausa, Nilanga and Ahmedpur. As many as 106 candidates are in fray for the post of President in these civic bodies, while there are 1326 candidates in race for 324 seats in 14 councils.