Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: Former MLA and Janata Dal (United) candidate for the Chamundeshwari Assembly constituency byelection, A.S. Guruswamy has emerged as the richest among the three candidates from the mainstream parties contesting the election.

With assets valued at over Rs. 2.01 crore, Mr. Guruswamy is richer than the Janata Dal (Secular) candidate Shivabasappa who has Rs. 1.22 crore of assets and Congress candidate and former Deputy Chief Minister,Siddaramaiah, whose assets amount to Rs. 1 crore.

The details about the assets of the candidates in fray for the bypoll became public after they submitted an affidavit in the matter along with their nomination papers to the Returning Officer.

Mr. Guruswamy owns 31 acres of agricultural land, worth Rs. 1.25 crore, in his native Ayarahalli village. He owns a house in Mysore and Ayarahalli, together worth over Rs. 50 lakh.

Mr. Guruswamy also owns a tractor and 130 gm of gold.

Addressing a press conference in Mysore on Saturday Mr. Guruswamy said the houses were in his name and other immovable properties were gifted to him by his father.

Though Mr. Shivabasappa's personal assets have been put at Rs. 1.22 crore, his son's assets have been put at Rs. 1.73 crore.

In his affidavit, Mr. Siddaramaiah has disclosed that he has Rs. 75,000 in cash and about Rs. 43,000 deposited in three nationalised banks.

He has fifty per cent stake in a house in Bangalore, besides a property on West of Chord Road in Bangalore.

Mr. Siddaramaiah also owns four acres and four guntas of agricultural land, worth Rs. 2.5 lakh, at Varuna hobli in Mysore taluk.

Mr. Siddaramaiah has declared that he has debts amounting to Rs. 20 lakh.

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