New Delhi: According to a report released by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) on Friday, the assets of the 71 MPs re-elected to the Lok Sabha between 2009 and 2019 increased by an average of 286%, and the highest increase was recorded by BJP’s Ramesh Chandappa Jigjinagi.
The net worth of Mr. Jigajinagi’s assets, which was around Rs 1.18 crore in 2009, went up to Rs 8.94 crore in 2014 and Rs 50.41 crore in 2019, registering an overall growth of 4,189%, he reports noted, referring to the self-affidavit submitted by the leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during the Lok Sabha elections held in the respective years.
Re-elected to the lower house of parliament for the sixth consecutive term in 2019, the MP from Karnataka’s Bijapur served as the Union Minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation from July 2016 to May 2019 in the previous term of the Prime Minister-led government.
PC Mohan, another BJP MP from Karnataka, is in the second position on the list of the top 10 Members of Parliament who registered an increase in their assets between 2009 and 2019, according to a report by ADR-National Election Watch.
Mr. Mohan, who was re-elected to the Lok Sabha from the Bengaluru Central constituency in 2019, had declared assets worth about ₹ 5.37 crore in the 2009 parliamentary polls. The figure climbed up to ₹ 75.55 crores in 10 years, showing an increase of 1,306 %, the report noted.
The assets of BJP MP Varun Gandhi, who was re-elected from Uttar Pradesh’s Pilibhit for a third consecutive term in the last Lok Sabha election, rose from ₹ 4.92 crores in 2009 to ₹ 60.32 crores in 2019, the report noted.
According to the report, the assets of Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the Shiromani Akali Dal MP from Bathinda, went up from ₹ 60.31 crores in 2009 to ₹ 217.99 crore in 2019, registering a rise of 261%.
“Assets of Supriya Sadanand Sule of the NCP (Nationalist Congress Party) from the Baramati constituency (in Maharashtra) have increased by ₹ 89.35 crores (173%), from ₹ 51.53 crores in 2009 to ₹ 140.88 crores in 2019,” the report said.
The assets of Pinaki Misra, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP from Puri in Odisha, climbed by 296% (Rs 87.78 crore), from ₹ 29.69 crores in 2009 to ₹ 117.47 crore in 2019, the report added.
It noted that the average assets of the 71 MPs, including independents, was ₹ 6.15 crore in 2009.