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Himachal Pradesh polls: 37 percent candidates never filed IT returns

Saturday October 27, 2012 07:32:06 PM, IANS

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New Delhi: Nearly 37 percent of candidates for the Himachal Pradesh assembly polls have never filed income tax returns, says a think-tank.

According to data analysed by the Himachal Pradesh Election Watch, associated with think-tank National Election Watch (NEW), 163 of 445 candidates from major parties in Himachal Pradesh have never filed income tax returns.

Out of the 163 candidates, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has 40 such candidates; BJP has 11, Himachal Lokhit Party (HLP) has 13 and Trinamool Congress 11 candidates who have never filed IT returns; the Congress has two such candidates.

The think-tank, after analysing affidavits filed by the candidates, has said that among the three candidates with maximum assets who have never filed IT returns are Rakesh Singh of CPM, contesting from Theog, with total assets of Rs. 17.28 crore; Vijay Jayoti, an independent from Kasumpti, has assets of Rs. 7.23 crore; and Tikender Panwar of CPM, contesting from Shimla, has assets of Rs. 3.05 crore.

The polls will be held Nov 4.






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