52 Out Of 58 MLAs Elected In Himachal Are Crorepatis

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Dharamshala : An analysis about the wealth of newly elected MLAs done by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR)  and declared in self-sworn affidavits when filing their nomination papers  show that 76% (52 out of 68) are crorepatis and 32 % (22/68) have criminal cases against them, whereas in the last election in 2012, 21% (14/68) MLAs had declared criminal cases against themselves.

The report released today says that the MLAs with Serious Criminal Cases are 8 (12%) against  5 (7%) in 2012 , where MLAs had declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

The report indicated  Party wise MLAs with Criminal Cases:-  2(10%) out of 21 MLAs from Indian National Congress (INC), 18(41%) out of 44 MLAs from Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), 1(100%) MLA from CPI (M) and 1(50%) out of 2 Independent MLAs have declared criminal cases against them in their affidavits.Party wise MLAs with Serious Criminal Cases:  1(5%) out of 21 MLAs from Indian National Congress (INC), 6(14%) out of 44 MLAs from Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) and 1(100%) MLA from CPI (M) have declared serious criminal cases against them in their affidavits.

 The share of wealth amongst the MLAs contesting in assembly elections of Himachal Pradesh is as follows:

Out of the 68 MLAs analysed, 52 (76%) are crorepatis. Out of 68 MLAs analysed during Himachal Pradesh 2012 assembly elections, 44 (65%) MLAs were crorepatis. Party wise Crorepati MLAs: 21 (100%) out of 21 MLAs from INC, 28 (64%) out of 44 MLAs from BJP, 1 (100%) MLA from CPI (M), and 2 (100%) Independent MLAs have declared assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore.

Average assets: The average assets per MLA contesting in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017 is Rs 8.88 Crores. In 2012, the average assets MLAs analyzed was Rs 7.45 crores.

Party wise average assets: Among the major parties, the average assets per MLA for 21 INC MLAs is Rs 13.80 crores, 44 BJP MLAs have average assets of Rs 6.14 crores, and 2 Independent MLAs have average assets of Rs. 12.85 Crores.

Arvind Sharma is an award winning bi-lingual journalist with more than 12 years of experience behind him. He has worked with Divya Himachal, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhasker, Vir Partap, Ajit and PTI new agency. In 2010, he was conferred the Himachal Kesri journalism awar. He has intensively covered the Tibetan Government in Exile and regularly reports on varied issues which include sports, tourism and others. Arvind Sharma lives in Dharamshala in Himachal.

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