Penniless candidates and old-age pensioners to test their luck at the polls

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Rajani  Chouhan, a BSP candidate for the Delhi municipal polls, has only `40 in hand while one of the youngest contestants, Mamta Kumari, is penniless.

These interesting figures form part of the affidavits of candidates filing their nominations for the April 15 polls for the three municipal organisations in the Capital.

Chouhan, the BSP candidate in Rajinder Nagar, and her husband have movable property worth `11.5 lakh but curiously she has just `40 in hand and her husband `35, according to her affidavit. The couple has given out `3 lakh as loan while both have shown an annual income of `4.31 lakh this fiscal.

Another candidate, Mamta Kumari, an Independent contesting from Narela, does not have a single rupee in hand though she has `1,000 in the bank. The contestant has completed her BEd course. Similar is the case of a candidate of the Indian Democratic Party in west Delhi's Raja Garden, Sonu Suri, who does not have a single penny, does not own any movable or immovable property in her name.

A candidate who goes by the name Parmanu, is a postgraduate in history and gives tuitions, is penniless, his affidavit says. He has a savings account but has not mentioned the money he has.

Not to be left behind by the young turks, senior citizens are also gearing up for the electoral battle. Bashiruddin, 67, an Independent from Jama Masjid, has mentioned his occupation as senior citizen in his affidavit. Indra Rani, 65, contesting from Timarpur, has a monthly income of `2,000 from rent and her husband gets `1,000 as old-age pension.

The MCD polls is not just a tussle between the middle-class and the crorepati club, the elections will also see some highly qualified candidates pitted against the not-so-literate.

In Andrews Ganj, for example, although the main contest is between the Congress's Abhishek Dutt, an MBA, and the BJP's Sunil Yadav, a lawyer, the BJD's Hindi literate Kailash Rani has also joined the fray.


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