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Nearly 75% newly elected MLAs in Punjab are crorepatis

By, Jalandhar
Mar 15, 2022 01:34 AM IST

As many as 87 newly elected MLAs in the 117-seat Punjab assembly had declared assets in excess of ₹1 crore while filing their nominations

Around 75% candidates elected to the 16th Punjab Vidhan Sabha are crorepatis.

AAP has 63 crorepati MLAs, including the richest Kulwant Singh who won from Mohali and had declared <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>238-crore assets.
AAP has 63 crorepati MLAs, including the richest Kulwant Singh who won from Mohali and had declared 238-crore assets.

According to a report released by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Punjab Election Watch in Jalandhar on Monday, as many as 87 newly elected MLAs in the 117-seat assembly had declared assets in excess of 1 crore while filing their nominations.

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Though the number is still significant, it has dropped from 95 (81%) crorepati MLAs in the previous Vidhan Sabha. The average worth of assets per winning candidate has also dropped from 11.78 crore during the 2017 polls to 10.45 crore in 2022.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which registered a landslide victory by clinching 92 seats, has 63 (68%) such MLAs, including the richest Kulwant Singh who won from Mohali Urban seat and had declared 238-crore assets.

The Congress, which won 18 seats, has all but one MLA who has assets in excess of 1 crore. They include former Congress minister Rana Gurjeet Singh, who was re-elected from Kapurthala, and stands second among all MLAs with 125.64-crore assets. Meanwhile, all remaining legislators — three Akalis, two of the Bharatiya Janata Party, one from the Bahujan Samaj Party and the lone Independent MLA — are crorepatis.

According to the report, the three candidates with least assets belong to the AAP: Narinder Pal Singh Sawna from Fazilka ( 18,370); Narinder Kaur Bharaj from Sangrur ( 24,409) and Labh Singh Ugoke from Bhadaur ( 3,65,490). While Bharaj, 27, is the youngest MLA in the new House, Ugoke, a small-time mobile shop owner, has defeated sitting chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi.

50% legislators aged below 50

“Around 61 (52%) winning candidates have declared their age to be between 25 and 50 years while 56 (48%) have declared their age to be between 51 and 80 years,” the report added.

It further noted that 67 (57%) new MLAs are at least graduates and five others hold diplomas, while 45 (38%) have declared their educational qualification as either passed Class 12 or below.

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    A staff correspondent, based in Jalandhar covers Doaba Region of Punjab. Reports about Punjab Police, Enforcement Directorate, politics, corruption, legal, rural areas, socio-economic issues and technical education besides having specialisation in the investigative stories.

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