The Times of India

NAGPUR: It's going to be clash of crorepatis in all six constituencies in the city. 

A glance at the affidavits filed by prominent candidates in six constituencies - South-West, South, East, Central, West, and North - revealed that former minister Satish Chaturvedi, contesting from Nagpur South constituency, has assets of over 56 crore, which included his wife's properties and jewellery. He is followed by MLA, Vikas Kumbhare, at 20 crore, who is staking claim on Nagpur Central seat for the second term. 

Cabinet minister till Friday, Nitin Raut closely follows Kumbhare with assets worth 18 crore, while city Congress president, Vikas Thakre, in the fray from Nagpur West, has declared assets to the tune of 7.27 crore. His rival in 2009 elections from South West and sitting MLA, Devendra Fadnavis, has declared movable and immovable properties worth 6 crore. Former minister, Anees Ahmed, contesting from Nagpur Central, has shown his assets at 6.50 crore. 

In his affidavit, city BJP chief, Krishna Khopde, who has filed nomination from Nagpur East, has shown his assets (including his wife and son's) at 3.82 crore. He is followed by sitting Nagpur West MLA, Sudhakar Deshmukh, re-contesting from the same constituency, with assets worth 2.21 crore. 

Deshmukh was a surprise winner in 2009 polls by defeating Anees Ahmed, while Khopde had crushed Chaturvedi to win the polls for first time. 

Dinanath Padole, NCP candidate from Nagpur South constituency this time, has declared his family's assets at 1.54 crore, which makes him 'poorest' among all the sitting MLAs from the city. 

As per the survey conducted by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), about 198 sitting MLAs out of total 284 (around 70%) are crorepatis. Incidentally, six of them are from the city. The survey was based on the affidavits filed by these candidates while submitting their nomination forms and were uploaded on the Election Commission's website on Saturday, which was last day to file nominations.

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