As many as 25 chief ministers, or 81 per cent, are crorepatis, with two of them having assets to the tune of over Rs 100 crore, a latest report has pointed out. The average assets of CMs are worth Rs 16.18 crore, it said.
The report was based on the analysis of the self-sworn affidavits of current chief ministers (CMs) in state assemblies and UTs across the nation by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW).
As per the report, Andhra Pradesh’s Chandra Babu Naidu has emerged as the wealthiest CM with declared assets worth over Rs 177 crore, followed by Arunanchal Pradesh’s Pema Khandu (over Rs 129 crore) and Capt Amarinder Singh of Punjab (over Rs 48 crore).
The CM with the lowest declared asset is Tripura’s Manik Sarkar with assets worth Rs 27 lakh, followed by West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee (over Rs 30 lakh) and Jammu and Kashmir’s Mehbooba Mufti (Rs 56 lakh), news agencies quoted the report as pointing out.
In terms of educational qualification, 10 per cent of 31 chief ministers are 12th pass, 39 per cent graduate, 32 per cent graduate professional, 16 per cent post- graduate and 3 per cent doctorate. PTI
In the country, around 35 per cent chief ministers have criminal cases against them and 81 per cent of the total are crorepatis, the report highlighted.
“Out of the all 31 CMs, 11 (35 per cent) have declared criminal cases against themselves,” the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) report noted.
A total of 26 per cent CMs have declared serious criminal cases, including related to murder, attempt to murder, cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property, criminal intimidation, among others.