Former Congress politician, Sushil Gupta, is among the three nominees from the Aam Aadmi Party’s camp for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections. However, for the year 2016-17, Gupta and his wife showed an income of Rs 13.73 lakh, but their assets stood at a staggering Rs 170.29 crore. A staggering Rs 108.74 crore is in the form of agricultural land which Gupta bought over the years. From farmland to educational trusts, Gupta list of possessions goes long. Gupta is the founder and chairman of seven educational trusts that run 15 educational institutes. Among the 15 educational institutes, four are in Delhi.
The list of assets is long for the AAP candidate – according to Sushil Gupta’s Rajya Sabha affidavit, his moveable assets include a tractor, an Audi car and a Hyundai Santro which is pegged at Rs 48.47 crore. Gupta’s wife has movable assets worth Rs 13.08 crore. Other than this, Sushil Gupta owns land worth Rs 20.67 crore while his wife owns land worth Rs 88.07 crore.
While speaking to The Indian Express, Sushil Gupta said, “Today, food on our table at home continues to come through agriculture. My father was a farmer and like him, that is who I am.” He also added that his family had ancestral land in Haryana, which was sold before moving to Delhi’s Punjabi Bagh. He said, “It was in the 1980s when I got involved in social work and formed the first trust, which would become the basis of different schools we have today.” Gupta also has agricultural land across Delhi, mostly concentrated in villages in west Delhi, and Haryana. Apart from this, he has purchased over 12 acres of land in 2016 at Rs 12.9 crore.
Among the 15 educational institutes, Ganga International School in west Delhi’s Hiran Kudna is one of the largest. The school also has branches at Sawda and Rohini in Delhi. Most of the other institutes are in Haryana. As per the school’s website, the fee structure goes up to Rs 1.29 lakh per annum for day scholars and Rs 2.5 lakh for hostel students.
On meeting up with Arvind Kejriwal, Sushil Gupta said, “It was through one of these schools that I first met Arvind Kejriwal in 2010. One of the schools was putting together a book by students on success stories, and they featured him. Later in 2013, Kejriwal was the chief guest at a function in Delhi, which I was hosting.”
Gupta contested in the 2013 elections on a Congress ticket from Moti Nagar which he lost following which he was “approached by AAP”.
Gupta claimed, “They (AAP) approached me in 2013. But I wanted to see their work first and also I have always believed in the Congress ideology. By 2015, I was quite impressed and when the Congress asked me to contest polls, I declined.”
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