Tribune News Service
Jind, January 11
With movable and immovable assets worth Rs 23 crore, 27-year-old Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) leader Digvijay Singh Chautala is the richest candidate contesting the Jind bypoll.
Digvijay is contesting the election for the first time. He is contesting as an independent candidate as the newly formed JJP has not been accorded certificate of registration by the Election Commission of India (ECI).
A political novice, Digvijay studied up to Class XII from the DPS, Mathura road. As per election papers, the youngest and richest contestant is an agriculturist, but does not own any vehicle. He has no criminal background.
The value of his movable assets is reportedly Rs 12.23 crore, including investment of Rs 95.96 lakh in non-listed companies and more than Rs 20 lakh in insurance schemes.
He owns jewellery worth Rs 10 lakh, including 5-kg silver, diamonds and stones. His immovable assets worth Rs 11.18 crore include farmland in Sirsa and Karnal and residential buildings in Panchkula and New Delhi.
The annual income of political heavyweight and Congress nominee Randeep Surjewala has dipped by Rs 38 lakh compared to 2014, when he had won from Kaithal.
In 2018-19, his annual earnings were Rs 49.73 lakh, sourced from legal practice, interest and rentals. His earning in 2013-14 were Rs 88.57 lakh.
The value of his movable assets was Rs 87.04 lakh. In 2013-14, it was Rs 1.28 crore. This time, the value of his immovable assets was Rs 1.81 crore. During the Kaithal election, it was Rs 1.67 crore.
He has no vehicle or bullion on his name. In the last election, he had a liability of Rs 50 lakh towards Varinder Kumar of Panipat. This time, he has declared no financial liability.
BJP candidate Krishan Middha, an ayurvedic practitioner, has an annual income of Rs 5.66 lakh. He owns movable assets worth Rs 56.50 lakh.
He has a commercial structure and a residential building in the city worth Rs 1 crore. He does not own any farmland.
The INLD candidate from Jind, Umed Singh Redhu, who is a businessman, earned Rs 3 lakh in the last financial year.
His movable and immovable assets are worth Rs 2 crore. He has taken a bank loan of Rs 13.84 lakh and owns two cars.
After scrutiny of papers, 27 in fray
- After scrutiny of election papers on Friday, 27 candidates were left in the fray for the bypoll in the Jind Assembly segment.
- The process was undertaken under the supervision of election observer Saurabh Bhagat. Seven nominations were cancelled by the election authorities.
- According to an official spokesperson, the candidates of three recognised parties are Krishan Middha of the BJP, Randeep Surjewala of the Congress and Umed Singh of the INLD.
- Vinod Ashri is the candidate of the Loktantra Suraksha Party, launched by the BJP's rebel MP from Kurukshetra, Raj Kumar Saini.
- Digvijay Singh Chautala of the Jannayak Janta Party is an independent candidate as the newly launched party has yet to get certificate of registration from the Election Commission of India.