Vimla and Kamini Jindal belong to the family of a gum industrialist

The two richest candidates contesting the upcoming Assembly elections in Rajasthan are worth more than the combined assets of 400 Congress and BJP candidates in the fray. The contestants are a mother-daughter duo belonging to the family of a guar-gum industrialist who has floated his own political party.

Vimla Jindal, 65, wife of B.D. Agarwal, has declared assets of Rs.2,762 crore, of which Rs.1,558 crore belongs to her husband. Her daughter Kamini Jindal, married to a police officer, has declared total assets worth Rs.197 crore. Both are fighting the polls on the National Unionist Zamindara Party ticket.

Mr. Agarwal, a leading exporter of guar products in northern Rajasthan, shot into the limelight last year when he offered Rs.100 crore to the State government for opening a medical college in Sri Ganganagar. After its initial reluctance, the State government formulated a Rs.200-crore project for the college which will be constructed by Mr. Agarwal.

The industrial magnate has launched the political party to “protect the interests of peasants and farmers and work for their welfare”. After its earlier announcement that it would field candidates in all Assembly seats, the party has restricted the number to 17.

Ms. Vimla Jindal and Ms. Kamini Jindal filed their nomination papers from both Sri Ganganagar and Sangaria. The mother has withdrawn her nomination from Sangaria and is the Zamindara Party’s official candidate from Sri Ganganagar.

The richest Congress candidate in the State is sitting MLA Udailal Anjana, having assets worth Rs.65.55 crore, who has been fielded again from Nimbahera. The BJP’s richest candidate is liquor trader Prem Singh Bajor, whose assets are worth Rs.61.88 crore. He is contesting from Neem Ka Thana in Sikar district.

Among the poor candidates in the fray, a curious case is that of Yadram Koli, who sells vegetables in a kiosk in Bharatpur district’s Bayana.

He reportedly collected donations to make up the security he had to deposit with his nomination papers as an Indian People’s Green Party candidate. Chhotu Harijan, an Independent in Newai, cleans houses and borrowed money from his son while filing his nomination.

Artisans Naseem Ansari and Nasir Hussain are in the fray from Adarsh Nagar and Hawamahal constituencies in Jaipur city. They possess below poverty line (BPL) category ration cards and regularly buy wheat flour from the public distribution system shops.