RS contestant Biswal is crorepati

Prominent cricket administrator and Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Ranjib Biswal, who is contesting the Rajya Sabha elections on a Congress ticket from his home state of Odisha, is a very rich man.

As per affidavits furnished by him along with his nomination papers filed on Tuesday, Biswal, son of Congress veteran and a former deputy chief minister late Basanta Kumar Biswal, has movable properties worth Rs 3,12,76,935. These include two luxury cars — a BMW and an Audi — besides jewellery worth more than Rs 15 lakh.

The two-time Lok Sabha member, who also heads the Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) and edits Samaya, a local Odiya daily launched from Bhubaneswar by his late father, owns immovable assets worth Rs 50 lakh, including agriculture land and other land properties.

He, however, has a liability of Rs 65,16,338 in the form of a bank loan.

The spouse of the former cricketer, who had once led the Indian junior cricket team and was a regular in his heydays in the Ranji and Duleep Trophy circuits, owns movable assets worth Rs 65,22,804, including jewellery worth more than Rs 45 lakh.

Opponent also rich

Noted sculptor and a Padma Vibhushan awardee Raghunath Mohapatra, who would be contesting against Biswal as an independent candidate backed by the ruling Biju Janata Dal for the fourth Rajya Sabha vacancy from Odisha, has also turned out to be a crorepati.

According to his affidavits, Mohapatra owns immovable assets worth Rs 2,46,93,140 and movable assets worth Rs 42,43,142.

His wife also owns movable and immovable assets and properties worth more than Rs 1 crore.

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