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MCD polls: 300% rise in assets of BJP councillors seeking re-election

Self-sworn affidavits of 84 council members running again for this year’s Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections have been examined by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Delhi Election Watch.

Anjali Bhatia | New Delhi |

The value of the assets owned by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) council members increased by 300 per cent between the 2017 and 2022 MCD elections, according to an estimate by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Delhi Election Watch.

The ADR mentioned that out of a total of 84 councillors re-contesting in the civic polls, the cumulative assets of 75 councillors have skyrocketed from 3 per cent to 4,437 per cent, while the assets of only nine councillors have dropped between 2 per cent and 76 per cent

Self-sworn affidavits of 84 council members running again for this year’s Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections have been examined by the ADR and Delhi Election Watch.

Assets owned by the BJP councillors zoomed to 300 per cent between the 2017 and 2022 MCD elections, an analysis by the ADR revealed. According to the election watchdog, there is a steep rise in the assets reported by five BJP councillors.

BJP’s Vineet Vohra from 59-Paschim Vihar ward has declared a maximum jump. Assets owned by Vohra has gone up to Rs 37.94 crore in 2022 from Rs 9.33 crore in 2017, an increase of Rs 28.61 crore.

Assets of Nandini Sharma of BJP from 149-Malviya Nagar ward have surged by Rs 25.58 crore – from Rs 24.25 crore in 2017 to Rs 49.84 crore in 2022.

Shikha Roy, another BJP councilor, from 173-Greater Kailash ward, reported a rise of Rs 6.00 crore in her assets. Her wealth rose from Rs 6.81 crore in 2017 to Rs 12.81 crore in 2022.

Inderjeet Sehrawat, who is contesting from 133-Mahipalpur ward, has declared assets worth 8.35 crore in 2022 as against 3.94 crores in 2017, a jump of Rs 4.41 crore.

The fifth BJP councillor who reported a record rise in his assets is Puneet Sharma from 242-Dayaipur. He has declared assets worth Rs 7.79 crore in 2022, an increase of Rs 3.689 crore from Rs 4.09 crore reported in 2017.