Madhya Pradesh: People usually tend to have a mindset that politicians are wealthy but a newly elected MLA in Madhya Pradesh projects a different picture. The MLA doesn’t even have a proper house to live, he lives in a hut but will soon get a proper house for himself.
People in his constituency have decided to donate & collect money to get a proper house constructed for him.
Sitaram Adivasi lives along with his wife in a hut in Sheopur District. The 55-year-old became the first time BJP MLA after defeating Congress local heavyweight Ramniwas Rawat from Vijaypur constituency in Sheopur in the Assembly polls held in November last year.
The BJP leader is waiting for his first salary and according to the state government official, an MLA gets Rs 1.10 lakh gross salary in Madhya Pradesh.
Dhanraj, a resident of Piprani village in the constituency, said they felt ashamed that their MLA lived in a slum-like dwelling. “That is why we are donating money and also collecting from others and building a two-room house for him nearby,” he said. “He stands by us without any condition in difficult times. That is the reason we are building a house for him, he added.
When asked to the leader he agreed that he does not have a proper house to live in.
“People are donating Rs 100 to Rs 1,000 for building a house for me. When I won the election, the people of my constituency weighed me with coins. That money is also being used to build a small dwelling for me,” he said.
The MLA is overwhelmed by the gesture of the people towards him and he said that when he will get his first salary he will help the poor people in his constituency.
According to the legislator’s affidavit filed before the Assembly polls, he has Rs 46,733, including Rs 25,000 cash and the remaining amount in two banks deposits. Other than this he has a 600 sqft land on which his hut stands and two more two-acre plot. The market value of the two land plots, which he has inherited, is around Rs 5 lakh.
The leader has earlier contested the state polls 3 times, once independently and other times as a BJP candidate but was unsuccessful.