Young, rich, clean Haryana Assembly

Young, rich, clean Haryana Assembly

The Haryana Assembly is turning younger, wealthier and cleaner as there are fewer MLAs with criminal history, an analysis of 90 winners of the polls shows.

Almost half of the 90 MLAs are below 50 years, 75 are crorepatis and only five have serious criminal charges against them, the Association for Democratic Rights (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW) said in its report.

The below-50 brigade has 44 members–two MLAs are below 30 years, 7 in between 31 and 40 years and 35 in the age group of 41 and 50 years–while 26 are in the age group of 51-60 and 19 in 61-70. Only one MLA is above 70 years.

A further breakdown shows that 20 MLAs are in the 46-50 years age group.
There is also a rise in number of crorepatis, as only 15 MLAs do not cross the eight-digit figure. Seventy-five MLAs are worth more than Rs 1 crore, the analysis said. In the 2009 Assembly elections, 66 winners were crorepatis.

BJP has the highest number of crorepatis at 40 followed
by the Congress 14, Indian National Lok Dal 13, BSP one
and the Haryana Janhit Congress 2.

This time, the richest among the 90 legislators is BJP’s Faridabad MLA Vipul Goyal who declared assets worth Rs 106 crore. The next spot was shared by Kuldeep Bishnoi, chief of Haryana Janhit Congress, and his wife Renuka, who declared Rs 80 crore each.

BJP’s Capt Abhimanyu, whose name was speculated for the post of chief minister, was third with assets of Rs 77 crore.

Twenty-one MLAs were re-elected this time and the analysis showed that their average asset growth was Rs 9.80 crore or 245 per cent. While their average assets in 2009 were Rs 4 crore, it grew to Rs 13.80 crore this time.

Among the re-elected MLAs, Kuldeep Bishnoi had the highest increase in assets from Rs 17 crore in 2009 to Rs 80 crore this time, which is a 363 per cent increase. Congress’ Kiran Chaudhary came second in this category with an increase of assets from Rs 10 crore to Rs 70 crore.

Only five new MLAs have serious criminal charges against them compared to 13 in the previous Assembly. Four other MLAs have also declared criminal cases pending against them this time, but it does not come under the category of serious offences.

Thirteen women were elected as MLAs this time, an increase of five from 2009. While one MLA has declared himself an illiterate, 50 are graduates or above.
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