Our politicians promise to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor but a latest analysis shows that politicians too are the victim of extreme inequality because the richest Chief Minister of India is 680 times wealthier than the ‘poorest’ one.
According to an analysis by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party leader (TDP) chief N. Chandrababu Naidu is the richest CM of India with declared assets worth â¹177 crore.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh are the second and third positions with assets worth â¹129 crore and â¹48 crore respectively.
On the other hand, CPI (M) leader and Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar is the ‘poorest’ Chief Minister with total assets worth â¹26 lakh.
Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is at the second position with assets worth â¹30 lakhs while her Jammu and Kashmir counterpart Mehbooba Mufti is at third position with total declared assets valued at â¹55 lakh.
The analysis of their self-sworn affidavits furnished during the assembly elections also reveals that as many as 11 out of a total number of 31 Chief Ministers in India have criminal cases against them. while 25 of them are crorepatis, an analysis.
The Chief Ministers having various criminal charges against them include Yogi Adityanath of Uttar Pradesh (BJP), Raghubar Das of Jharkhand (BJP), Devendra Fadnavis of Maharashtra (BJP), Nitish Kumar of Bihar (JD-U), K. Chandrasekhar Rao of Telangana (TRS), Chandrababu Naidu of Andhra Pradesh (TDP), Pinarayi Vijayan of Kerala (CPI-M), Amarinder Singh of Punjab (Congress), Arvind Kejriwal of Delhi (AAP), Mehbooba Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir (PDP) and V. Narayanasamy of Puducherry (Congress).
Although 25 (81 per cent) of Chief Ministers are crorepatis (multi-millionaires), three leaders who top the chart are Naidu with a net worth of more than Rs 177 crore, Pema Khandu of Arunachal Pradesh with Rs 129 crore assets and Amarinder Singh with total assets worth more than Rs 48 crore.
The three Chief Ministers with lowest assets are Manik Sarkar of Tripura with assets worth Rs 26 lakh, Mamata Banerjee of West Bengal with Rs 30 lakhs and Mehbooba Mufti with assets worth around Rs 55 lakh.