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April 14, 2014 10:12 IST

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Wealthy Indian politicians prefer nothing less than Mercedes, BMWs, Jaguars, Audis or gas-guzzling SUVs to scorch the road.

While marquee brands like Mercedes, BMWs and Jaguars appear to be hot-favourites for the rich and mighty, home- grown SUVs like Scorpios and Tata Safaris are among other common brands.

Lawyer by profession and BJP candidate from Amritsar, Arun Jaitley owns a Mercedes, BMW, Honda Accord and Porsche.

Besides, the legal eagle -- who reported a total income of Rs 2.61 crore in 2012-13 fiscal -- has a Toyota Fortuner, his poll affidavit shows.

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Another BJP member, Bhojpuri film star Manoj Tiwari, who contested from North East Delhi seat, has a fleet of cars, including Audi Q7, Mercedez Benz E280, Fortuner and Honda City GXI.

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Actor-turned-politician Hema Malini, BJP candidate from Mathura, owns a Mercedes and Toyota Innova while her husband, superstar Dharmendra, has a Range Rover, Maruti 800 and a motorbike in his name.

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Image: Actress and BJP candidate Hema Malni waves to supporters during her nomination filing procession in Mathura.
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Haryana Janhit Congress party chief Kuldeep Bishnoi owns five cars, including a Jaguar XF, an Audi Q7 and a Range Rover.

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Former cricketer Mohd Azharuddin, who is contesting the Lok Sabha polls on a Congress ticket from Tonk-Sawai Madhopur, owns a Honda CR-V and a BMW 650i.

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BJP contestant from Bellary, Karnataka -- B Sreeramulu -- is one of the few politicians to own the iconic Hummer in India.

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One of the richest candidates, R Prabhakara Reddy, who is hoping to win the Bangalore Rural constituency on a JD(S) ticket, has declared nine motor vehicles.

Besides a Maruti 800 and Mahindra Jeep, he owns two Mercedes, a Hyundai Santro, a Hyundai Accent, Skoda Rider and a BMW. He also possesses a Royal Enfield Bullet.

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Sandeep Dikshit, a sitting MP and son of former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, has got a Nissan Micra, two TVS bikes, one TVS Scooty, one Bolero SUV and one Hero bicycle (purchased in 2012 for Rs. 3,500).

He has also listed another BSA SLR bicycle in name of his daughter Yamini (purchased for Rs. 4,000 in 2012).


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