Assets of Hemant Soren see 500 pc rise in 5 years

Assets of Hemant Soren see 500 pc rise in 5 years

Jharkhand may have recorded an average of eight per cent growth in the last several years but Chief Minister Hemant Soren’s assets have shown an astronomical increase of nearly 500 per cent in the last five years.

While filing his nomination papers from Dumka in 2009, Hemant had declared an asset of Rs 73.57 lakh, including moveable and immovable property.

But this time, while submitting his affidavit as the JMM nominee from Dumka Assembly reserved (ST) constituency, Hemant has shown his total assets to the tune of Rs 3.5 crore. This includes Rs 1.72 crore worth property in his name, while his wife Kalpana Murmu has assets worth Rs 1.78 crore. 

His sister-in-law and wife of his elder brother late Durga Soren, Sita Soren’s assets, too, have increased substantially. Sita, who is the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) legislator in the outgoing Assembly, is the party nominee from the adjoining constituency, Jama.

The eldest daughter-in-law of JMM patriarch Shibu Soren, Sita’s assets increased from 1.77 crore in 2009 to 3.14 crore in 2014. (Sita became a widow after Durga Soren died of illness). Her assets include immovable property worth Rs 1.3 crore in the name of Durga Soren.

But then, it is not only the JMM leaders whose fortunes have seen rapid upswing. The BJP candidate from Dumka, Dr Louis Marandi, who lost to Hemant in 2009 by nearly 2,000 votes, has seen her property being doubled in the last five years. In her affidavit submitted in 2009, she had assets to the tune of Rs 1.22 crore. 

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