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Shazia Ilmi the richest of Aam Aadmi Party's 15 crorepati candidates
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A Jeanneau yacht and a Mercedez Benz car. It was surprising for many when Aam Aadmi Party's candidate Shazia Ilmi and husband declared her assets totalling to around whopping Rs. 30 crore. Ilmi, along with nine of AAP's declared candidates for the upcoming Delhi polls, are crorepatis.

The revelation, which surfaced at final day of filing of nomination papers of assembly elections, have shattered an illusion that AAP represents the 'aam aadmi'.

As per the affidavits filed the AAP candidates to the Election Commission, 15 of the 70 candidates are crorepatis.

With a declared worth of Rs. 31.79 crore, Shazia Ilmi, the AAP candidate from RK Puram, is the richest AAP candidate. She has declared that her husband Sajid Siraj Malik has a Mercedes Benz and a Jeanneau yacht.

While Ilmi was a journalist and now does social work, her husband is a businessman and owns several properties in Delhi and other states.

The next in line is Desh Raj Raghav, one of AAP's most controversial candidates, whose declared worth is Rs. 12.64 crore.

Raghav is a businessman and contesting the Delhi Assembly polls from Uttam Nagar constituency. He was only recently exonerated by the Lokayukta in cases filed against him over allegations of owning a multitude of ration shops.

AAP's Narela candidate, Baljit Singh Mann owns agricultural land worth Rs. 8.41 crore while Ballimaran candidate Farhana Anjum has residential and commercial land worth Rs. 3.44 crore.

Some candidates also own land outside the state. Narender Singh Sejwal, contesting from Mehrauli, owns 8.69 acres at Rajnandgaon in Chhattisgarh.

AAP's chief Arvind Kejriwal, who filed nomination on Saturday, declared Rs. 2 crore worth of moveable and immovable assets, including those of his wife.

According to the affidavit, the value of the movable and immovable assets of Kejriwal and his wife Sunita Kejriwal is worth Rs. 2,10,48,389.

Kejriwal, who is contesting against Sheila Dikshit from New Delhi constituency, said in the affidavit that he has two flats in his name at Indirapuram, Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh) worth Rs. 55 lakh and at Shivani in Haryana worth Rs. 37 lakh.

While giving the break-up of his assets, he said he has cash Rs. 5,000 in hand and his wife has cash Rs. 10,000 in hand.

He has bank deposit worth Rs. 1,62,000 while his wife has a bank deposit of Rs. 16,85,000, including jewellery worth Rs. 9 lakh. She owns a house in Gurgaon near Delhi worth Rs. 1 crore.

A total of 13 candidates have cars, two have two-wheelers and five own no mode of transport. But there are others like Ashok Kumar, the candidate from Ambedkar Nagar, who has taken a bank loan to buy a Honda scooter.

Five of the 20 candidates have declared that they own no land or property.

Dharmendra Singh, who is contesting from Seemapuri, has a declared asset worth Rs. 20,800. He has declared silver worth Rs. 800 and Rs. 20,000 cash.

Three candidates have declared assets less than Rs. 5 lakh.

Delhi goes to polls on December 4.

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