Hyderabad

Average assets of re-elected MLAs grew by 75%!

89% of the legislators are crorepatis and many have cases against them, say their election affidavits

If the average assets of re-elected MLAs in 2014 was ₹ 8.59 crore, the average assets of re-elected MLAs in 2018 is ₹15.03 crore. The growth in average assets of re-elected MLAs in the last four years is ₹6.43 crore i.e. by 75%, as per an analyses done by civil society organisations — Telangana Election Watch (TEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) — from the self-sworn affidavits of all 119 newly elected MLAs in the Telangana 2018 Assembly Elections.

Also, the average of assets per MLA in the Telangana 2018 assembly elections is ₹ 15.71 crore. While two of the 119 MLAs have not declared their sources of income, eight MLAs have not declared income tax details even though some MLAs may be exempted from filing IT returns.

TRS MLAs — M. Janardhan Reddy (Nagarkurnool) with more than ₹8 crore, S. Rajender Reddy (Narayanpet) with more than ₹7 crore and A. Venkateshwar Reddy (Mahabubnagar) with more than ₹6 crore — are those with high income as declared in their IT returns.

Some 40 MLAs or 34% MLAs have declared liabilities of ₹1 crore and above. Top three are: K. Upender Reddy of Congress (Palair) showing ₹91 crore in total assets and ₹94 crore in liabilities; M. Janardhan Reddy (Nagarkurnool) of TRS with ₹161 crore in total assets and ₹63 crore in liabilities and D. Nagender (Khairatabad) of TRS with total assets of ₹41 crore and ₹40 crore in liabilities, the agencies said in a press comminique.

The average assets per MLA for 88 TRS MLAs analysed is ₹14.64 crore and 19 INC MLAs with average assets of ₹26.14 crore, Seven AIMIM MLAs with average assets worth ₹10.84 crore. MLAs with high assets are: K. Rajagopal Reddy (Munugode) of Congress with ₹314 crore plus, M. Janardhan Reddy of TRS with ₹161 crore plus and K. Upender Reddy of Congress with ₹91 crore plus.

Eightynine per cent or 106 MLAs are crorepatis. Partywise: 83 (94%) out of 88 MLAs from TRS, 14 (74%) out of 19 MLAs from INC, 5 (71%) out of seven MLAs from AIMIM, one (50%) out of two MLAs from TDP and one (100%) MLA from BJP have declared assets valued more than ₹1 crore.

Criminal cases

The analysis of criminal background, financial, education, gender and other details of the legislators elected in the just-concluded election, done by Messrs. Maj. Gen. Anil Verma, head of ADR and founder-members Jagdeep Chhokar, former professor in IIM (A), and Trilochan Sastry, professor in IIM (B), show that 73 (61%) MLAs have declared criminal cases against themselves and of them 47 (40%) MLAs have declared serious criminal cases, including cases related to attempt to murder and crime against women, among others.

Seven MLAs have declared cases related to attempt to murder (IPC Section 307) and three MLAs have declared cases related to crime against women such as assault or criminal force on woman with intent to outrage her modesty (IPC Section-354). Some 50 (57%) out of 88 MLAs from TRS, 14 (74%) out of 19 MLAs from INC, 6 (86%) out of seven MLAs from AIMIM, 2 (100%) MLAs from TDP and 1 (100%) from BJP MLAs have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

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