The upcoming Punjab assembly elections has 37% crorepati candidates in the fray with 93% of Congress nominees, 88% of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), 87% of Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) and 63% of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) having assets worth crore.
According to a report released by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) on Sunday, 428 of the total 1145 candidates contesting the elections are crorepatis. It includes 23% of the independents.
Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, who has recently joined Congress, boasts of the highest annual income among the candidates at over Rs 9 crore followed by liquor baron Shiv Lal Doda at over Rs 4 crore. It is based on the income tax returns of the candidates.
101 of the candidates (9%) have declared serious criminal cases against them and 7% are named in serious criminal cases. Six candidates have declared in their affidavits that they have cases related to crime against women.

Only 7 % (81) women candidates are contesting the election this time. Where 56% of candidates are aged between 25 to 50 years, 43% are between 51 to 80 years.

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