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Several billionaires, multi-millionaires in Karnataka poll

Karnataka,Politics, Tue, 16 Apr 2013 IANS

Bangalore, April 16 (IANS) Billionaire and multi-millionaire politicians from BJP, the Congress and JD-S are in the field for the May 5 Karnataka assembly poll, show the asset affidavits filed by them.

T.N. Javarayi Gowda of the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S), contesting from Yeshwantpur in north Bangalore, has declared assets of Rs.150.58 crore (over Rs.1.5 billion). He is closely followed by his party's state president and former chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and his wife Anita who together have assets of Rs.123 crore.

Kumaraswamy is contesting from Ramanagaram, about 40 km from here, and his wife from neighbouring Channapatna seat.

Tourism Minister and mining baron Anand Singh of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), contesting from Vijayanagar in iron-ore rich Bellary district in north Karnataka, has assets of Rs.104.5 crore which include a fleet of Bentleys, Mercedes Benzes and Tatra trucks.

From the Congress, its treasurer Shamanur Shivashankarappa has declared assets of Rs.67.89 crore.

The 82-year-old Congress veteran runs a number of educational institutions in Davangere in central Karnataka and is contesting from Davangere South.

State Congress president G. Parameshwara, seeking re-election from Koratagere in Tumkur district in south Karnataka, has assets of Rs.3.87 crore.

Former BJP chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, who now heads Karnataka Janata Party, has shown assets of Rs.5.96 crore. He is fighting from his old constituency Shikaripura in Shimoga district in central Karnataka.

Nominations to elect 224 members of the 225-member assembly close Wednesday. One member is nominated.

Vote count is on May 8.

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