Congress candidate in Hissar Jai Parkash has an asset of about Rs. 3 crore, while his main rivals, Kuldeep Bishnoi of the Haryana Janhit Congress [Bhajan Lal] and Ajay Singh Chautala of the Indian National Lok Dal, have assets of about Rs. 48 crore and Rs. 40 crore, according to an analysis by National Election Watch, a coalition of NGOs.
It has analysed the affidavits of 15 of the 40 candidates in the fray in the Lok Sabha by-election in Haryana.
Mr. Bishnoi is found to have the biggest assets, followed by Mr. Chautala. Also, his assets have increased by about Rs.31 crore, while that of Mr. Chautala have risen by Rs. 10 crore since 2009. The assets of Mr. Jai Parkash have gone up by about Rs. 2.5 crore.
Criminal cases are pending against Mr. Chauthala (two) and Mr. Bishnoi (one), but there is none against Mr. Jai Prakash.
However, Team Anna is campaigning against Mr. Jai Prakash on the ground that the Congress leadership is dragging its feet on the Jan Lokpal Bill.
A comparison of the assets and other details of the candidates have been uploaded on the website of National Election Watch.
It is a nationwide campaign, comprising more than 1,200 non-governmental organisations and other citizen-led bodies working for electoral reforms, improving democracy and governance in the country.