BJP candidate Rajiv Chandrashekhar’s affidavit will be investigated, Congress had complained.

Rajeev Chandrashekhar. (file photo)

The affidavit of BJP candidate Rajiv Chandrashekhar from Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha seat of Karnataka is in the headlines. In this he has declared Rs 680 as his taxable income for 2021-2022. Congress has lodged an objection with the Election Commission regarding this affidavit.

Acting on Congress’ complaint, the Election Commission on Tuesday asked the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to verify the affidavit of Rajiv Chandrashekhar. Congress says that Rajiv has given wrong information about his financial condition in the election affidavit.

‘This is a violation of the Representation of the People Act-1951’

The party said that this is a violation of the Representation of the People Act-1951 and the Indian Penal Code. According to sources, the Commission has asked the CBDT to verify the declarations made by Chandrashekhar in his affidavit.

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As per the rules candidates are required to submit details of their taxable income, movable and immovable assets and liabilities. They are also required to share the same financial details as their spouse.

Let us tell you that BJP leader and Union Minister Rajiv Chandrashekhar is contesting from Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha seat. Rajiv, an entrepreneur and technocrat by profession, is currently a Rajya Sabha member. He has also been a member of the Rajya Sabha selection committees for the Real Estate Bill. Apart from being the national spokesperson of BJP, he has also been the vice president of the Kerala faction in the NDA alliance.

Rajiv Chandrashekhar has declared assets worth more than Rs 28 crore. Movable assets worth Rs 13,69,18,637 have been mentioned in the affidavit. His wife has assets worth Rs 12,47,00,408. The movable property also includes a ‘Red Indian Scout’ of 1942 model. Chandrashekhar has liabilities of Rs 19,41,92,894. The wife has a liability of Rs 1,63,43,972. In the income tax return for the year 2022-23, Chandrashekhar’s total income has been reported as Rs 5,59,200, which was Rs 680 in 2021-22.

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