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Bihar MLAs' assets up 4-fold

According to an analysis by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and New Election Watch (NEW), which have been working on electoral reforms and improving governance in India, the average assets of all 27 MLAs, as declared in 2005, was Rs 16.74 lakh, while their average assets in 2010 stand at Rs 67.23 lakh. The average asset growth is thus is Rs 50.48 lakh.

The top three MLAs with maximum increase in their total assets are, one, Jagat Narayan Singh (RJD) from Jhanjharpur whose fortune has jumped by nearly Rs 4 crore. A contestant from Jhanjharpur, Singh mentioned assets worth Rs 1.12 crore in 2005. Thus year, his assets jumped to Rs 4.02 crore, signifying an increase by Rs 3.9 crore.

Jagat Narayan Singh is followed by Pradip Kumar Das (BJP) from Kasba and Nitish Mishra (JD-U) — the son of former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra — from Jhanjharpur whose assets have increased by Rs 1.3 crore and Rs 95 lakh respectively. The only one candidate with negative asset growth is Shaligram Yadav of JD(U) from Harlakhi.

NEW's state coordinator Anjesh Kumar said 446 affidavits of candidates contesting the 47 seats in the first phase of Bihar elections were analyzed. The analysis is based on the affidavits filed in 2005 and 2010. It attempts to compare the assets of MLAs from the Bihar assembly 2005 who are re-contesting in Bihar assembly elections 2010.

Likewise, Pradip Kumar Das mentioned his assets as Rs 32.66 lakh in 2005 which increased to Rs 1.66 crore in 2010, while that of JD(U) candidate Nitish Mishra has shot up to about Rs 94 lakh.

However, the case of Shaligram Yadav, contesting from Harlakhi, is different. His asset was worth over Rs 75 lakh in 2005 which has decreased to around Rs 45 lakh in 2010.

16 Oct, 2010 0516hrs IST TNN[ Gyan Prakash ]