The National Election Watch (NEW), in one of its latest report on the comparison of assets of a number of MPs who are re-contesting in 2009 after the 2004 poll, has found tremendous increase in the possessions of the candidates. It also reported that some MPs declared their assets without giving the value, and it came across several discrepancies in the assets declared by candidates in last elections.
For the total 300 re-contesting MPs whose affidavits have been analysed, the average individual asset increase has been calculated to 287% which is equal to Rs. 2.75 crore. State wise, Karnataka is placed in the top spot with an average increase of 693.76% followed by Assam (411.28%), Uttar Pradesh (394%) and Gujarat (389.03%).
In the first phase of its report, NEW compared the affidavits of 229 contesting MPs and found that MP from Uttar Pradesh Mohd Tahir whose total assets had been increased almost 9137%. He is followed by C H Vijaya Shankar from Karnataka (6526.23 %), Susmita Bauri from West Bengal (3151.52 %), Suresh Ganpatrao Waghmare from Maharashtra (2159.64%) and Akshay Pratap Singh Gopal ji from Uttar Pradesh (1841.06%), followed by Sachin Pilot from Rajasthan at 1746%.
Among the analysed MPs, the maximum percentage of decrease in assets lists S Bangarappa from Karnataka (-79%), Ch Lal Singh from J&K (-67.44%) and Prasanna Kumar Patasani from Orissa (-66.74%).
Later in the second report in which it studied the affidavits of 71 sitting Lok Sabha MPs seeking re-election in 2009 polls, the maximum percentage increase in assets among the MPs has been for Naveen Jindal from Haryana (980.64%), Hannan Mollah from West Bengal (898.30%), Raghuraj Singh Shakya from UP (491.30%), followed by Selja from Haryana (478.39%).
On the other side, the maximum percentage decrease in assets among analysed MPs has been for Prasanta Pradhan (-23.71%) from West Bengal, Iiliyas Azmi (-10.49%) from Uttar Pradesh followed by Rupchand Pal (-2%) from West Bengal, the report said.
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