GUWAHATI: In Assam Assembly, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has the highest 67 Crorepati MLAs.
The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) Assam Election Watch latest analysis found that the current Assam Assembly has at least 67 crorepati MLAs. Out of which the highest numbers-34 belonged to the ruling party of BJP.
An ADR report published on Monday added that Congress has the second-highest numbers of crorepati MLAs with 11 of its legislatures were found to be crorepatis.
ADR has analyzed details of 119 sitting MLAs of the present House with six assembly seats remained vacant in the state. One MLA namely Mansing Rongpi of BJP was not analyzed due to an unclear affidavit available on the election commission of India (ECI) website.
The analysis was based on the affidavit submitted by the candidates prior to the 2016 Assembly elections and bye-elections conducted thereafter.
The report said, “At least 10 out of 13 MLAs from ruling ally party Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), seven out of 12 MLAs from Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) and five out of 14 MLAs from All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) have declared assets valued more than Rs 1 Crore.”
As per the analysis, Naharkatia MLA Naren Sonowal of AGP has the highest assets amongst all the MLAs. He has shown to have a total asset worth over Rs 33.94 Crore.
Sonowal was followed by BJP’s Barkhetry MLA Narayan Deka and AIUDF’s Jamunamukh MLA Abdur Rahim Ajmal who have total assets worth over Rs 17 Crore and Rs 13 Crore.
The ADR study has also found that in Assam, the trend of crorepati MLAs have constantly gone up since 2006. While in 2006, Assam Assembly had only 15 Crorepati MLAs, it went up to 47 in 2011,” the ADR report added.
Assam cheif minister Sarbananda Sonowal has shown of having a total asset of Rs 1,85,44,919.