Skip to main content

Gujarat's Dalit face Mevani "poorest" MLA in new state assembly, ex-BJP minister Saurabh Patel richest: ADR

By Our Representative
Gujarat's Dalit face, Jignesh Mevani, who fought and won as Independent with Congress support from Vadgam with a comfortable margin of over 19,000 votes, is the poorest MLA of the 182 legislators who were elected to the state assembly in the just concluded polls. While Mevani's assets value Rs 10.50 lakh, the richest MLA (Botad) is former BJP minister Saurabh Patel, having total assets worth Rs 123.79 crore.
An analysis of assets of and criminal cases against all the 182 MLAs, carried out by the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) on the basis of the affidavits they submitted before the Election Commission of India, says that out of the 182 MLAs analysed, 47 (26%) MLAs have declared criminal cases against themselves, as against 57 (31%) among those who won in the Gujarat Assembly elections in 2012, 57 (31%)
The number of MLAs with "serious criminal cases" has also gone down, says the analysis. Thus, this time 33 (18%) MLAs have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to murder, attempt to murder, dacoity, robbery etc. though during Gujarat Assembly elections in 2012, 24 (13%) MLAs had declared serious criminal cases against themselves.
While two MLAs, Maheshbhai Vasava (Bhartiya Tribal Party) and Bhaveshbhai Katara (Congress) have declared cases related to murder (IPC section 302), six MLAs with declared cases related to attempt to murder, 6 MLAs have declared cases related to attempt to murder (IPC Section 307).
Further, says the analysis, one MLA namely Jethabhai Bharwad (BJP) from Shehra constituency has declared case related to rape (IPC Section 376) against himself, adding, 18 out of 99 MLAs from BJP, 25 out of 77 MLAs from INC, one of the two MLAs from the Bhartiya Tribal Party, the lone Nationalist Congress Party MLA, and two of the three Independent MLAs have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.
Further, says the analysis, 12 BJP MLAs, 17 (22%) out of 17 Congress MLAs, one MLA each from the Bhartiya Tribal Party and the Nationalist Congress Party, two Independent MLAs have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.
The analysis further says that out of the 182 newly elected MLAs, 141 (77%) are crorepatis, as against 134 (74%) MLAs who were elected in the 2012 polls, adding, partywise crorepati details show that 84 BJP and 54 Congress MLAs have declared assets valued more than Rs 1 crore.
The average of assets per MLA in the Gujarat 2017 assembly elections is Rs. 8.46 crore, the analysis says, adding in 2012, the average assets MLAs analyzed was Rs 8.03 crore. Partywise details show that verage assets per MLA for 99 BJP MLAs analysed is Rs 10.64 crore, as against Rs 5.85 crore for 77 Congress MLAs. The two Bhartiya Tribal Party MLAs have average assets worth Rs 2.71 crore, and three Independent MLAs have average assets of Rs. 53.86 lakh.
Following Saurabh Patel, who belongs to the well-known Ambani family, those who have next highest assets are BJP's Dhanjibhai Patel (Makson), who won from Wadhwan (Rs 113.47 crore), and Congress' Jawaharbhai Chavda, who won from Manavadar (Rs 103.67 crore).

Comments

TRENDING

Political consensus? Celebrations, with over 5,000 plus post-vaccine deaths in India

By Rosamma Thomas*  As India fully vaccinated nearly 20% of its population and celebrated the “milestone” of administering one billion (100 crore) Covid-19 vaccine doses, it was time to remember those who died shortly after vaccination . By October 20, 2021 Twitter handle C400T, tracking deaths reported to have occurred after receiving the Covid-19 shot in India, updated the 5,134th death.

Is sacrilege charge against Punjab Dalits any different from Pak blasphemy cases?

Lakhbir Singh, his wife By Vidya Bhushan Rawat*  There is no doubt that Sikhism actually was a revolt against the Brahmanical system and superstition. Guru Granth Saheb is perhaps the only Holy Book which contains matters from different religions as well as those of various Sufi saints, including Kabir, Ravidas, Baba Farid and others. The aim of Sikhism was to create an egalitarian society, and, definitely, Punjab that way is far better than many other States in India, where violence against Dalits is rampant.

Billion vaccine doses? Devil is in details: 70% haven't got 2nd jab; numbers jacked up

By Prof Ujjwal K Chowdhury*  India has reached the one billion Covid-19 vaccinations milestone. It is indeed a great news and a big salute to the less paid ordinary health-workers in interiors of India for this feat. The government wants all of India's 944 million adults to get vaccinated this year. Around three-quarters of adults in the country of 1.3 billion people have had one shot and around 30 percent are fully vaccinated, the government says.

Savarkar 'criminally betrayed' Netaji and his INA by siding with the British rulers

By Shamsul Islam* RSS-BJP rulers of India have been trying to show off as great fans of Netaji. But Indians must know what role ideological parents of today's RSS/BJP played against Netaji and Indian National Army (INA). The Hindu Mahasabha and RSS which always had prominent lawyers on their rolls made no attempt to defend the INA accused at Red Fort trials.

Swami Vivekananda's views on caste and sexuality were 'painfully' regressive

By Bhaskar Sur* Swami Vivekananda now belongs more to the modern Hindu mythology than reality. It makes a daunting job to discover the real human being who knew unemployment, humiliation of losing a teaching job for 'incompetence', longed in vain for the bliss of a happy conjugal life only to suffer the consequent frustration.

Buddhist shrines were 'massively destroyed' by Brahmanical rulers: Historian DN Jha

Nalanda mahavihara By Our Representative Prominent historian DN Jha, an expert in India's ancient and medieval past, in his new book , "Against the Grain: Notes on Identity, Intolerance and History", in a sharp critique of "Hindutva ideologues", who look at the ancient period of Indian history as "a golden age marked by social harmony, devoid of any religious violence", has said, "Demolition and desecration of rival religious establishments, and the appropriation of their idols, was not uncommon in India before the advent of Islam".

Uttarakhand, Kerala disaster due to policies favouring India's developmental mafia

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat*  Two of India’s most beautiful regions where thousands of people go to watch and feel the wonders of nature are suffering because of the extremely disastrous rains and floods. The pain that the rains brought to Kerala and Uttarakhand is a warning to all of us. It's nature’s warning to us to mend our ways.

Religious mobs replicate blasphemy laws, 'threatening' liberty in a free country

Nihangs, Lakhbir Singh By Ajit Singh*   A Dalit man, Lakhbir Singh, was mercilessly beaten up and lynched to death near farmers’ protest site in the State of Haryana allegedly by Nihang Sikhs. It was alleged that he committed blasphemy by desecrating the Holy Book Guru Granth Sahib.

How are Tripura Muslims responsible for attacks in Bangladesh?: 'Concerned' citizens

Counterview Desk  Calling it a “retaliation” of Bangladesh violence, several “concerned citizens”*, including Magsaysay award winning social activist and academic Sandeep Pandey and PV Rajagopal of the Sarvodaya Samaj, have said that the recent attacks on Muslim community in different areas of Tripura is a the reflection of “growing trend of using violence against another community.”

Shabana Azmi joins Pak physicist Hoodbhoy to condemn B'desh anti-minority violence

By Our Representative  Several well-known South Asian activists and public figures of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Maldives have expressed “deep distress” by the spate of violence and killings in Bangladesh on the occasion of Durga Puja and Vijayadashami. “Attacks on minorities are a sign of injustice and a matter of shame for any society and bring a bad name to the Government”, they said in a joint statement.