15 of 19 BJP-NDA CMs are crorepatis, N Chandrababu Naidu is the richest CM

Agencies/New Delhi
February 15, 2018 NATIONAL 95 Views

NEW DELHI: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu alone owns more assets than the combined assets of 28 chief ministers of India. According to the latest report released by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), Naidu is the richest CM of India and owns assets worth Rs 177.5 crore. The other two of the three richest CMs are Arunachal Pradesh’s Pema Khandu and Punjab’s Captain Amarinder Singh.
The ADR and National Election Watch have analysed affidavits filed by 29 CMs of states and two Union Territories (UT) putting out details of financial and criminal background and educational qualification of the heads of state governments.
Two CMs own property worth more than Rs 100 crore, six CMs fall under the category of those owning assets worth between Rs 10 crore and Rs 50 crore and 17 state government heads own assets between Rs 1 crore and 10 crore. Notably, only six CMs have declared assets valuing less than Rs 1 crore.
Importantly, 15 of 19 states with National Democratic Alliance governments are headed by crorepati chief ministers.
Not to anyone’s surprise, chief minister of poll-bound state Tripura, Manik Sarkar, owns the lowest assets among all. Sarkar has declared assets worth barely 26 lakhs. The two women CMs — West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee and Jammu and Kashmir’s Mehbooba Mufti, are among the three CMs with lowest assets. They own assets worth roughly Rs 30.5 lakh and Rs 56 lakh, respectively.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s name features among the crorepati CMs. He is the 19th richest CM with assets worth Rs 2.09 crore.
The gender ratio in the Indian polity continues to be skewed. Even though it is a well-known fact, the ADR report again emphasises on the fact that there are only three states in India with female heads. With the death of Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa, the percentage of female CMs has reduced to mere 10 per cent.
The ADR report speaks about the nature of criminal cases lodged against the CMs. While 35 per cent of CMs has serious criminal charges lodged against them, 65 per cent have a clean background. Of 11 CMs with criminal cases lodged against them, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis tops the list and Bihar’s Nitish Kumar is at the bottom. Notably, six of the 11 CMs with criminal background are heads of the BJP or National Democratic Alliance-led states.
When it comes to educational qualification only one CM has a doctorate degree. While five have post-graduate degrees, 10 are graduates with professional degrees. Notably, even now, three Indian states are governed by leaders who are barely 12th pass.

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