CHANDIGARH: As personal assets cross over into millions, political dynasts reveal themselves among the wealthiest in Haryana this election season. Topping the list of 223 candidates is, however, businessman and INLD candidate from Gurugram, Virender Rana at £10.25 million. Former Chief Minister Bansi Lal's granddaughter Shruti Choudhry has shown over £9.7 million in movable and immovable assets belonging to her, and her husband in her affidavit while filing her nomination for Bhiwani-Mahendragarh seat as a Congress candidate. Her combined income for the financial year of 2017-18 is shown to be around £1,53,000.
Former deputy prime minister Devi Lal's great grandson Dushyant Chautala, Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) candidate from Hisar, has shown over £7.45 million as his total assets, apart from his wife's assets worth £2,44,000. His younger brother Digvijay Chautala, who is JJP candidate from Sonipat, has lesser assets than his brother. In the election affidavit, Digvijay has shown £5.3 million as his total assets but also mentioned £9,89,000 as his liabilities including Rs 20,40,000 loan payable to cousins Arjun and Karan Chautala. JJP has fielded Digvijay against former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
Meanwhile, three-time Lok Sabha MP Deepender Singh Hooda has almost three times more assets than those of his father Bhupinder. Deepender has shown £4.47 million as combined assets belonging to himself and his wife while Bhupinder has shown about £1.5 million as total assets of the Hooda couple. Union Minister Rao Inderjit Singh, who is again contesting from Gurugram as a BJP candidate, has shown about £4.2 million as total assets belonging to him and his family. Inderjit Singh is the son of Rao Birender Singh, the second chief minister of Haryana, and a descendant of Raja Rao Tula Ram, a freedom fighter from India's first war of independence in 1857.
Daughter of four-time Sirsa MP Dalbir Singh, Rajya Sabha MP Kumari Selja is contesting from Ambala seat as Congress candidate. Selja's total assets have been pegged at around £2.4 million. Among the dynasts, former chief minister Bhajan Lal's grandson Bhavya Bishnoi, 26, has shown £ 3,82,000 as his total assets. Son of Union Minister Birender Singh and former IAS officer Brijendra Singh has shown £3,91,000 as his assets while his wife owns £8,83,000 as total assets. Birender Singh is the grandson of peasants leader Sir Chhotu Ram. With assets worth £3.2 million along with his spouse, INLD's Sonipat candidate Surender Chhikara is also among the wealthiest candidates of Haryana.