NEW DELHI: A study of the self-avowed affidavits filed by chief ministers of 29 states and two Union Territories pitches interesting facts about the wealth of State heads.
The study, which was conducted by transparency body Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR), released data which revealed that of the 31 CMs, 20 have clean records while 11, or 35%, have declared criminal cases while Eight (26%) have serious criminal cases.
Chandrababu Naidu, the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, is the richest CM in the country with assets worth Rs 177 crore while The chief ministers of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu, whose assets are worth Rs 129 crore is in the second position , and Punjab CM, Amarinder Singh, who has Rs 48 crore to his name is in the third position.
Devendra Fadnavis, CM of Maharashtra, has the highest number of cases registered which is 22 against him. Pinarayi Vijayan, CM of Kerala joins the criminal club as he has declared 11 criminal cases against himself in the affidavit while Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is a near third spot with 10 criminal cases registered against his name.
The Analysis by ADR also exposed that the average asset per CM is just over Rs 16 crore, with 25 of the 31 CMs being billionaires.
Manik Sarkar of CPI (M) found The lowest assets owner with Rs 26 lakh while Mamata Banerjee, CM of West Bengal, with Rs 30 lakh and Mehbooba Mufti of JKPDP with Rs 55 lakh join the poorest club.