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37% candidates never filed income tax returns in Himachal
Narendra Ch | 27 Oct 2012

Out of the 163 candidates analyzed who have never filed income tax returns, BSP has 40 (65%) out of 62 candidates, BJP has 11 (16%) out of 68 candidates, HLP has 13 (41%) out of 32 candidates and AITC has 11 (42%) out of 26 candidates.

BALBIR SINGH Verma, an independent from Chopal constituency has declared the highest income of Rs. 1.41 Crores in his last Income Tax return. He is followed by G.S. Bali (INC) from Nagrota constituency and has declared income of Rs. 1.12 Crores in his last ITR, and Sanjay Kumar Guleria, an independent from Jawali constituency who has declared income of Rs. 62.99 Lacs as per his last filed Income Tax Returns, reported The Times of India. 

A total of 163 candidates (37%) out of the 445 candidates analyzed by the Himachal Pradesh Election Watch have declared that they have never filed income tax returns.

Out of the 163 candidates analyzed who have never filed income tax returns, BSP has 40 (65%) out of 62 candidates, BJP has 11 (16%) out of 68 candidates, HLP has 13 (41%) out of 32 candidates and AITC has 11 (42%) out of 26 candidates, and INC has 2(3%) out of 68 candidates who have not filed IT Returns.

High Assets but no IT Return: Top 3 candidates with maximum assets but who have never filed IT returns are Rakesh Singh of CPM contesting from Theog with total assets of Rs. 17.28 crores. He is followed by Vijay Jayoti an independent from Kasumpti with assets of Rs. 7.23 crores and Tikender Panwar of CPM from Shimla with Rs. 3.05 crores respectively.

Himachal Pradesh Election Watch and ADR appeal to the voters of Himachal Pradesh to know what their candidates write in their affidavits so that they can make an informed choice on 4h November 2012

Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Himachal Pradesh Election Watch (HPEW), the Himachal Pradesh chapter of National Election Watch (NEW), a nationwide campaign comprising of more than 1200 NGOs and other citizen led organizations, has been working on electoral reforms, improving democracy and governance in India. Himachal Pradesh Election Watch (HPEW) has analyzed affidavits of 445 candidates contesting in the Himachal Pradesh 2012 Assembly Elections. This report is based on the analysis of these affidavits. There are a total of 68 constituencies going for polls in the Himachal Pradesh 2012 Assembly Elections.