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52 crorepatis make it to Himachal Assembly

Sanjeev Kumar | Shimla |

52 crorepati MLAs have made it to the Himachal Pradesh assembly in 2017 polls as compared to 44 MLAs in the 2012 assembly polls.

As per the report of Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), out of the 68 elected MLAs, 52 MLAs have properties and assets worth crores of rupees.

The ADR report reveals all the 21 elected MLAs of Congress are crorepatis while 28 out of the total 44 BJP MLAs have properties and assets worth crores of rupees.

The CPM MLA, Rakesh Singha and two independent MLAs have also declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore.The average of 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.

Among the major parties, the average assets per MLA for 21 Congress MLAs is Rs 13.80 crores while 44 BJP MLAs have average assets of Rs 6.14 crores, and 2 independent   MLAs have average assets of Rs 12.85 crores.

Among the top 3 MLAs with highest assets are Balvir Singh Verma (BJP) at Rs 90 crore, Vikramaditya Singh, the son of former chief minister Virbhadra Singh at Rs 84 Crore and Anil Sharma (BJP) with declared assets worth Rs 40 crore.

On the other hand, three BJP MLAs have lowest assets and these include Mulkh Raj from Baijnath at Rs 5 lakh, SurenderShourie from Banjar and KamleshKumari from Bhoranj at Rs 29 lakh.

The ADR report further reveals that out of the 68 MLAs, 22 (32 percent) MLAs have declared criminal cases against them. While in 2012 polls, only 14 (21 percent) MLAs had declared criminal cases against themselves.

On the educational front, 21 MLAs are 8th and 12th pass while 47 MLAs have educational qualification of graduation or above.

The ADR report states that only 20 MLAs are in the age group of 25 to 50 years while 26 are in the age group of 51 to 80 years.