Going by the declarations made by the candidates for the Punjab assembly elections 2017, it is clear that a majority of them are crorepatis. Eighty-seven out of the 94 candidates from the Akali Dal are crorepatis. The scenario in the Congress is no different with 103 out of the 117 candidates declaring assets in crores. A report by the Association for Democratic Reforms states that 71 of the 112 candidates of the Aam Admi Party are crorepatis. Of the 1,145 candidates in the fray, 428 have assets in crores. Congress party candidate Navjot Singh Sidhu with other leaders at an election campaign rally for Punjab Assembly elections at Verka, about 25 km from Amritsar. Photo credit: PTI Cricketer-turned-politician and Congress nominee from Amritsar (east) Navjot Singh Sidhu has declared an annual income of Rs 9.9 crore. He is followed by liquor baron Shiv Lal Doda, an independent candidate from Abohar, with Rs 5 crore and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal with Rs 2.28 crore. Popular Videos 02:16 Bengaluru Mass Molestation : Police files FIR, Watch Video 01:37 Indian sailors stuck in sinking ships, send SOS from UAE 01:47 Jayalalithaas 750 pairs of footwear guarded by 4 cops in Bengaluru The SAD-BJP coalition has fielded 12 candidates with criminal background, while AAP and Lok Insaaf Party have fielded 14. The Congress has fielded 14 candidates with a criminal background. In all, 101 candidates are facing criminal charges. Of these, 78 are involved in serious crimes. Four candidates are facing murder charges, while 11 others have attempted murder cases registered against them.

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