The BJP may have swept the 2014 Lok Sabha elections winning 281 parliamentary seats, but along with its massive victory, it has also managed to top the list of re-elected MPs with the highest assets, as well as that of pending criminal cases.
On an average, the 165 Lok Sabha MPs saw their assets jump 137 percent or Rs 7.40 crore over the five-year period, a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms has revealed, The Times of India reports.
Topping the list for the BJP is Shatrughan Sinha who won from Patna Sahib constituency in Bihar. Sinha declared the highest increase in assets, with a jump of Rs 116.73 crore - from Rs 15 crore in 2009 to Rs 131.74 crore in 2014 - a 778 percent increase. But percentage wise, it was the party's Bansgaon representative Kamlesh Paswan whose assets saw a jump of 5,649 percent, from Rs 17.68 lakh to Rs 10.16 crore.
In Uttar Pradesh, where the BJP won 71 out of the 80 seats, Varun Gandhi saw his assets grow by 625 percent. In 2009, according to Varun's affidavit, his assets stood at Rs 4,92,67,810. In 2014 it shot up to Rs 35,73,18,699, an increase of Rs 30,80,50,889.
His aunt and Congress President Sonia Gandhi also saw a significant jump in assets, from Rs 1.37 crore in 2009 to Rs 9.28 crore in 2014, a growth of 588 percent.
Party-wise, however, the BJP stands sixth. Topping the list is the Shiromani Akali Dal with its re-elected MPs' assets jumping from Rs 31.75 crore in 2009 to Rs 58.88 crore in 2014. The BJP saw the assets of its re-elected MPs jump from Rs 5.11 crore to Rs 12.6 crore in 2014, an increase of 146 percent.
For the Congress, its re-elected MPs saw an increase of 104 percent. In 2009, the assets of its re-elected MPs stood at Rs 5,66,90,481, while in 2014, it shot up to Rs 5,90,70,559.
If one looks at the assets of Modi's newly-formed council of ministers, the average assets of the 46-member Council of Ministers is Rs 13.47 crore, according to ADR.
Of the 44 ministers analysed, 40 (91 percent) are crorepatis. Four of Modi's ministers have declared more than Rs 30 crores worth of assets. These are: Arun Jaitley, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Maneka Gandhi and Piyush Goyal. Union Minister Gopinath Munde who passed away on Tuesday after a car crash, also featured in the list of crorepatis.
ADR also analysed pending criminal cases against re-elected MPs where BJP's Ramashankar Katheria, re-elected from Agra, topped the list with 21 pending criminal cases. Interestingly, in 2009, his affidavit stated that there were no criminal cases against his name.
Of the MPs who had criminal cases in 2009 but have none pending in 2014, BJP's Anantkumar Hegde, Varun Gandhi and party President Rajnath Singh featured in the list.
In Prime Minister Modi's cabinet, 13 of the 44 ministers analysed have declared criminal cases against them.
ADR analysed 165 re-elected MPs of the 168, as the affidavits of three MPs were not clearly available on the ECI website, ADR states.
An earlier analysis by ADR showed that 186 or 34 percent of the newly-elected Lok Sabha members have disclosed criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.
In 2009, 30 percent of the Lok Sabha members had criminal cases registered against them. You can read the entire ADR report here.
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Updated Date: Jun 05, 2014 16:16:13 IST