Raipur: Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has published the analysis report of all the 90 newly elected legislators on Friday which showed that 68 out of 90 legislators (76%) in newly elected Chhattisgarh Assembly are billionaires.
In 2013, 67 out of 90 MLAs were billionaires.
Out of 68, Congress has 48 crorepati MLAs (71%), where Bhartiya Janata Party who won 15 seats has 14 billionaires MLA, Ajit Jogi’s Janata Congress won 5 seats and all their MLAs are in this club (100%) and Bahujan Samaj Party has 2 MLAs and one is in this billionaire club.
11 newly elected MLAs have not filed their Income Tax Return, if they do than this tally of billionaires is likely to go up.
In the 2018 Assembly Election, the average income of MLAs is around 11.63 crore, which was around 8.83 crore in the 2013 assembly.
In the current assembly, Congress 68 MLAs average annual income is around 11.83 crore, BJP 15 MLAs average annual income is around 6.32 crore, while Jogi’s Janata Congress 5 MLAs average annual income is maximum and around 28.68 crore and its alliance partner BSP 2 MLA average annual income is around 2.04 crore.
ADR reports also mentioned the educational qualification of the newly elected legislators. 27 MLAs have declared their qualification between class 5 to class 12.
Only 16 MLAs are between 25 to 40 years of age group. While 54 members of the newly elected assembly are between 41 to 60 years of age group.
Property of MLAs:
Congress MLA TS Singhdeo who is also among the front-runner for the Chief Minister post tops the list and has the property of worth 500 crores and more. He has been elected from Ambikapur constituency.
Devvrat Singh of Janata Congress is on the second spot with the property over 119 crores. He has been elected from Khairagarh constituency.
Congress Amitesh Shukla has declared his asset over 74 crores. He is elected from Rajim constituency of Gariyaband district.
Kurud MLA Ajay Chandrakar has declared his asset over 72 lakhs which include his government salary and income from agriculture.
Incumbent Chief Minister Raman Singh has declared his property over 59 lakhs. He is re-elected from Rajnandgaon constituency.
Criminal background of MLAs:
In this newly elected assembly, 24 legislators (27%) out of 90 have declared criminal cases against them. 13 MLAs (14%) have declared severe criminal cases in their declaration.
In 2013, only 15 MLAs (17%) have declared the criminal cases against them, 8 among them (9%) had declared the serious criminal charges against them.
Party wise criminal cases:
Out of newly elected 68 Congress MLAs, 19 (28%) have declared criminal cases against them, BJP’s 3 out of 15 legislators (20%) have declared the criminal cases, and Janata Congress 2 out of 5 MLAs (40%) have mentioned the criminal case in their declaration form.
As per ADR report, 27 MLAs have studied between class 5 to class 12. Newly elected 32 legislators have declared their qualification as Bachelors or above. Only one legislator has declared himself as just literate.
Age group of newly elected MLAs:
16 newly elected legislators are between 25 to 40 years of age, while 54 MLAs are between 41 to 60 years of age. 20 newly elected legislators are between 61 to 80 years of age.
13 women legislators have managed to win in this election and reached the 2018 assembly.
In the last 2013 assembly, there were 10 women legislators in the House.