Sharad Sonawane, who became the only MLA from MNS in 2014, has formed Shivbandhan a few months back. Sharad Sonawane has filed an application from Junnar. Bhor’s Congress MLA Sangram Thopte and Khed Alandi’s former NCP MLA Dilip Mohite have filed nomination papers for the Assembly elections. Their affidavits show that these three MLAs are crorepatis.
An affidavit of property has to be submitted along with the application while filing the candidature application. Accordingly, Bhor MLA Thopte has assets worth Rs 12 crore 60 lakh. This includes assets such as cash, deposits, shares, National Savings Scheme, gold, land, etc. Junnar’s MLA Sonawane is also a millionaire. Sonawane was an MLA of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena. He has joined Shiv Sena from MNS. His assets are worth Rs 3.45 crore.
The affidavit states that Mohite, a former NCP MLA from Khel Alandi, has assets worth Rs 9 crore 62 lakh. Candidates contesting elections are required to provide information about their assets as well as property details in the name of family members to the Election Commission on affidavit. It is also mandatory to provide details of foreign investments in the name of family members and arrears with banks.
The affidavit also has to give the details of income tax for the last five years. Accordingly, these three candidates have submitted this information. In order for the voters to understand whether the candidate has a criminal background or not, the candidates have to inform the affidavit of the offenses filed against them. The Election Commission has already ordered the removal of placards filed against candidates outside polling stations. Therefore, the character of the candidate will be known to the voters.
The names of candidates from each party are being announced after the announcement of Assembly elections. Two lists of Congress, NCP and BJP have been published. It is noteworthy that Eknath Khadse, an unnamed party leader in both the BJP factions, had filed his nomination papers before the first list was released.