Indian Express | Karnataka MLC Polls


He is a former scrap dealer who claims his luck changed after finding gold in the Kolar fields. Now, Yusuf Sharif is the wealthiest candidate in the forthcoming Council elections in Karnataka — and in the state’s electoral history — declaring assets worth Rs 1,744 crore.

Sharif, also known as Scrap Babu and Gujuri Babu, is the Congress MLC candidate for Bengaluru Urban. The assets declared by the 54-year-old realtor far outstrip those of the other 121 candidates for the 25 seats heading to the polls.

The declaration also puts him ahead of the likes of Priya Krishna, a former Congress MLA from Bengaluru who declared assets worth Rs 1,020 crore ahead of the 2018 Assembly polls, former Congress MLA and current BJP MLC N Nagaraj who declared Rs 1,010 crore, and Karnataka Congress chief D K Shivakumar who declared Rs 841.72 crore in 2018.

Hailing from the Kolar gold fields (KGF) region, Sharif studied till class five in a government school. Sharif, who has two wives and five children, declared movable assets worth Rs 97.98 crore movable and immovable assets worth Rs 1,643.59 crore, in his own name.

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