The State Election Commission of Uttar Pradesh had to update its software to be able to enter the assets of two mayoral candidates in Agra, which is 60 times more than what the system would allow, The Times of India reported on Wednesday.
The brothers – both real estate developers – have assets of Rs 608 crore and Rs 409 crore, possibly among the richest candidates to contest the mayoral election, which is scheduled on December 1.
“We had to update the SEC software to feed the asset details, as the number of unit/columns were falling short for the Jain brothers,” Returning Officer and Additional District Magistrate Jai Nath told The Times of India. “The software had units till Rs 10 crore.”
Pradeep Jain, the richer brother, is contesting as an independent candidate. Naveen Jain was fielded by the Bharatiya Janata Party. Their affidavits show that neither has a car, but have jewellery worth Rs 5 crore each, according to the report.
The candidate who comes closest to the two brothers is the Bahujan Samaj Party’s Digambar Singh Dhakre, with assets worth Rs 7.83 crore.
With assets worth Rs 200 crore, the richest candidate to contest the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections in February-March was Nazir Ahmad of the Congress, who is also from Agra.