The Pioneer
New Delhi

That politics is a lucrative profession is evident from the fact that out of the 37 re-contesting MLAs in Goa, assets of 35 of them (95%) have increased ranging from 2 per cent to 236 per cent. Similarly,  assets of all 51 MLAs re-contesting elections in Uttarakhand have also increased ranging from 3 per cent  to 740 per cent.

As per data compiled by the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR), Michael Vincent Lobo, a Congress candidates contesting from Calangute constituency in Goa has declared maximum increase in assets with an increase of Rs 38.31 crores,  from Rs 54.59 crores in 2017 to Rs 92.91 crores in 2022. Similarly, BJP candidate Atanasio Monserrate from Panaji seat, has increased by Rs  26.87 crores, from Rs  21.61 crores in 2017 to Rs 48.48 crores in 2022.

Assets of Vijai Sardesai of Goa Forward Party from Fatorda constituency have risen by Rs 22.40 crores, from Rs 14.75 crores in 2017 to Rs 37.16 crores in 2022.

The data showed that the average assets of these 37 re-contesting MLAs in Goa fielded by various parties including independents in 2017 was Rs 10.24 crores, which rose to  Rs 16.77 crores in 2022. The average asset growth for these 37 re- contesting MLAs, between the Goa Assembly Elections of 2017 and 2022 is Rs 6.53 crores while the percentage of growth of these MLAs is 64 per cent.

Being in power in Goa, the average assets of 22 re-contesting candidates of BJP has increased from Rs 9.34 crore in 2017 to Rs 15.14 crore in 2022. Five independent candidates average assets has increased from Rs 7 .73 crore in 2017 to Rs  11.95 crore in 2022. Similarly, the average increase in four Congress candidates is 68 per cent as compared to 2017.

Similarly, the average assets of these 51 re-contesting MLAs in Uttarakhand, fielded by various parties including independents in 2017 was Rs 4.72 crores which increased to Rs 7.05 crore in 2022.

The  average percentage growth in assets for these 51 re-contesting MLAs is 49 per cent.  Rekha Arya a BJP candidate from Someshwar ( SC) in Uttarakhand has declared assets worth Rs 25.20 crore as compared to Rs 12.78 crore in 2017.

Assets of Qazi Mohammad Nizamuddin of the Congress from Manglore seat has increased by Rs 10.80 Crores, from Rs 21.30 Crores in 2017 to Rs 32.10 Crores in 2022.

Similarly,  assets of Pradeep Batra of BJP from Roorkee seat have risen by Rs 8.25 Crores, from Rs 3.81 Crores in 2017 to Rs 12.06 crores in 2022.

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