Bhagwant Mann has assets worth 1.97 crore; Sidhu declares properties worth nearly 45 cro- The New Indian Express
CHANDIGARH: AAP chief ministerial candidate Bhagwant Mann vying from Dhuri assembly seat in Punjab has revealed he has total assets worth Rs 1.97 crore , including two Toyota Fortuner SUVs worth Rs 27 lakh and real estate worth Rs 1.49 crore.
Mann, 48, disclosed his assets in his Assets and Liabilities Affidavit, filed with his declaration of candidacy.
Accompanied by his mother, he filed his candidacy on Saturday before the returning officer in Dhuri for the February 20 Punjab assembly elections.
In his affidavit, Bhagwant Mann filed movable assets worth Rs 48.10 lakh and immovable assets worth Rs 1.49 crore.
Among his moveable assets, the comedian-turned-politician said two vehicles Toyota Fortuner worth Rs 27 lakh and Chevrolet Cruize worth Rs three lakh.
He also said that he owned gold jewelry weighing 95 grams worth Rs five lakh, household items worth Rs 5.50 lakh and a gun worth Rs 20,000 .
He declared his total income worth Rs 18.34 lakh for the year 2020-21.
Mann declared farmland worth Rs 1.12 crore in Sangrur.
He also owns commercial properties in Patiala worth Rs 37 lakh.
He does not own any residential property, according to his affidavit.
Mann has a car loan worth Rs 22.47 lakh and government dues worth Rs 7.87 lakh which are among his debts, according to the affidavit.
He did B Com first year in 1992 from Shaheed Udham Singh Government College in Sunam in 1992.
The country’s election laws enacted at the insistence of the Supreme Court as part of ballot reform require candidates to file an affidavit detailing his assets and liabilities, including those of his wife and children, in addition to his diploma and his criminal history, if applicable.
Two high-end SUVs, watches worth Rs 44 lakh and residential properties worth Rs 35 crore are among the total assets declared by Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Congress candidate for the assembly seat of Amritsar East and its leader of Punjab.
The 58-year-old former Indian cricketer filed his candidacy before the returning officer in Amritsar on Saturday for the February 20 National Assembly elections.
Sidhu in his affidavit, filed with the application documents, declared total assets worth Rs 44.63 crore.
This includes movable and immovable assets, including those of his wife and former MLA Navjot Kaur Sidhu, of Rs 3.28 crore and Rs 41.35 crore respectively.
The Congress leader also declared his total income for the financial year 2020-21 at Rs 22.58 lakh, down from Rs 94.18 lakh in 2016-17, according to his affidavit.
Among the movable assets, as declared by Sidhu, are two Toyota land cruisers worth Rs 1.19 crore, a Toyota Fortuner worth Rs 11.43 lakh, gold jewelery worth Rs 30 lakh and watches worth Rs 44 lakh.
His wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu owns jewelry worth Rs 70 lakh, according to the affidavit.
Among real estate properties, Sidhu said six showrooms in Patiala but he has no farmland, he said.
Sidhu also declared his dwelling house, an inherited property, spread over 1,200 square meters in Patiala worth Rs 1.44 crore.
He also showed off his 5,114 square meter residential property in Amritsar worth around Rs 34 crore.
The Punjab Congress leader said he obtained a BA from Punjab University, Patiala in 1986 as his degree.
He declared his source of income from salary as MLA, rental income and pension from Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Sidhu on Saturday challenged his pet peeve Amarinder Singh to leave Patiala and face him.
He also challenged Bikram Singh Majithia of Shiromani Akali Dal to fight only from Amritsar East siege and leave Majitha assembly constituency.
Apart from Majitha’s seat, Majithia, a former minister from Punjab, has also entered the fray from Amritsar East from where Sidhu is seeking re-election.
“If you have so much courage and you trust people, then leave Majitha and fight a siege here. Do you have the courage?” Sidhu dared to interact with reporters after filing his nomination.
On former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s comment that he would not let Sidhu win, the Punjab Congress Speaker challenged him to leave Patiala and compete from Amritsar East.
“Come to Amritsar,” Sidhu said.
Amarinder Singh, who was forced to resign as Chief Minister and subsequently quit Congress, launched the Punjab Lok Congress and achieved an electoral rapprochement with the BJP.
He will fight from the headquarters of Patiala Urban.
Over Majithia entering the fray from two seats including Amritsar East, Sidhu said: “They (SAD) have only come to play spoilsport. But in this ‘Dharam Yudh’ they will only succeed no. Yato Dharstatato Jayah (Where there is ‘Dharma’, there will be victory).”
Targeting the Akalis, he alleged that they are the ones who “plundered” Punjab.
Sidhu also denounced his political opponents for bringing up the reference to his mother, who died more than 30 years ago, and accused them of playing dirty politics on the matter.
“They’ve sunk so low that they brought my mother in there to play politics. I’m asking them to prove the allegation. You want to bring my mother, who died 35 years ago, for her testimony.”
A day ago, Suman Toor, who claimed to be Sidhu’s elder sister, made various allegations against the Punjab Congress leader, including that he had ‘abandoned’ their mother after their father died in 1986.
However, the Congress leader’s wife, Navjot Kaur Sidhu, had come forward to provide clarification.
She claimed that Navjot Kaur Sidhu’s father married the woman who had two daughters from his previous marriage.
“These two daughters (Toor and her sister) and their mother left home after getting divorced when Navjot Singh Sidhu was seven years old,” she said.
Meanwhile, Navjot Singh Sidhu said after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi announced the party would go to the polls with chief ministerial faces, they were in shock, he said.
Seeking to target his political rivals, Sithu said: “These days, even in their dreams, they see me and are scared. A pack of jackals wants to hunt a lion.”
He hit out at the Akalis saying how could they think of undertaking development work when they were “always harassing” people by registering fake cases.
“Has Sidhu ever registered a case against anyone in Punjab in the last 17 years,” Sidhu asked.
He also opened up about his career as a cricketer and his time on television as he attacked the Akalis accusing him of amassing “ill-gotten” wealth.
“Today Sidhu is not earning even 5% of what he was earning before,” he said.
Accusing the SAD of diverting people’s attention from the pressing issues of the state, the Punjab Congress leader alleged that they had “mortgaged” the state and him under a burden of Rs 3 lakh crore in unpaid debt.
He also said public support for the Akalis in Amritsar could be gauged “by the fact that despite their assurance of a huge victory for BJP leader Arun Jaitley of Amritsar in the 2014 general election, he still suffered a failure”.
Sidhu, who moved from the BJP to Congress ahead of the 2017 Assembly elections, said he was asked to fight Lok Sabha polls in 2014 from Kurukshetra but refused as he did not want to. not leave Amritsar.