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Spot Analysis: Nothing wrong if candidates are rich

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Come elections and all the players in the electoral arena remember the aam aadmi (the common man), who is otherwise forgotten till the next elections. The aam aadmi forms the majority in the country, where the real wealth is in the hands of a few and it is this aam aadmi, who decides who to put in power.

Every party and candidate tries different ways of appeal to the aam aadmi, who as a collective are mistaken to be only the poor. In reality the poor, those under the poverty line, the lower middle class and the middle class definitely constitute the common man and in metro cities, even the higher middle class can be said to fall in the same category. The Aam Aadmi Party decided to take the name, after those in the forefront with Anna Hazare in his fight for the Lokpal Bill, decided to form a political party, in the belief that it would appeal to the common people.

Looking suit were parties like the Gareeb Aadmi Party (GAP) and the Garib Raj Party, the leaders probably believing that they would be able to grab the votes of the poor, who are a sizeable vote bank as a collective.


Unfortunately, many gullible political thinkers fall for such names and believe that the leaders of such political parties should also be poor. Why should that be? What should stop the rich from contesting the elections from such parties and express their desire to work for the poor?

The critics of nominations by crorepati candidates forget that if the candidates have houses in posh areas of Delhi, their assets are bound to be at a higher value.

The assets of GAP nominee from Shahdra, Harpal Singh Kundalia, and his family are worth Rs 2.46 crore. while Shyam Bharteey, who’s contesting from Uttam Nagar has family assets worth Rs 1.96 crore.

Two AAP candidates Fateh Singh from Gokalpur and S K Bagga from Krishna Nagar have family assets worth Rs 7 crore.

There is nothing wrong if the candidates are rich as long as they are not corrupt.