As many as 375 (35%) candidates contesting in the first phase of Bihar Assembly elections are crorepati, said a report by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). A total of 1,064 candidates are in the fray in the phase 1 of Bihar election. 

Among the parties, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) is leading the list of crorepati candidates. As per the data, 39 out of 41 candidates or 95% RJD candidates in the first phase are crorepatis. RJD is closely followed by Janata Dal United (JDU), with 31 out of 38 candidates or 89% of the leaders fighting the first phase 1 being crorepati.  

“ Among others, with 24 (83%) out of 29 candidates are from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP),  30 (73%) out of 41 candidates are from Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), 14 (67%) out of 21 candidates are from Congress and 12 (46%) out of 26 candidates from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have declared assets of more than Rs 1 crore,” says the ADR data. 

It deduces average assets per candidate contesting in the first phase of Bihar Assembly polls as Rs 1.99 crore.

As per ADR, “Party-wise, the average assets per candidate for 35 JD(U) candidates was analysed Rs 8.12 crore, 41 RJD candidates analysed is Rs 6.98 crore, 21 Congress candidates have average assets of Rs 6.03 crore, 41 LJP candidates have average assets of Rs 4.62 crore, 29 BJP candidates have average assets of Rs 3.10 crore and 26 BSP candidates have average assets worth Rs. 1.36 crore.” 

Also 93 candidates or 9% have assets worth Rs 5crore and more, 123 candidates have Rs 2 to 5 crore, 301 candidates have properties between Rs 50 lakh and 2 crore, 315 candidates have assets between Rs 10 lakh and 50 lakh, while 232 candidates have declared their assets worth less than RS 10 lakh for the first phase of the Bihar poll. 

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