Udaipur Kiran
New Delhi

Almost 94 per cent re-contesting MLAs and MLCs in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections have registered an increase in their assets, ranging up to 22057 per cent, a report said on Wednesday. The report by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said as per the self-sworn affidavits of 301 re-contesting Members of Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council, assets of 284 MLAs/MLCs (94 per cent) have increased, ranging from 0 per cent to 22057 per cent and assets of 17 MLAs/MLCs (6 per cent) have decreased, ranging from -1 per cent to -36 per cent. The average assets of these 301 re-contesting MLAs/MLCs fielded by various parties, including independents in 2017 was Rs 5.68 crore, which increased to Rs 8.87 crore in 2022. The MLAs, who registered maximum growth in their assets, include Shah Alam (Guddu Jamali) of All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen from Mubarakpur constituency, who has declared maximum increase in assets with an increase of Rs 77.09 crore. From Rs 118.76 crore in 2017, his assets grew to Rs 195.85 crore in 2022. Assets of Sahender Singh Ramala of BJP from Chhaprauli constituency have increased by Rs 46.45 crore, from Rs 38.04 crore in 2017 to Rs 84.50 crore in 2022, while assets of Praveen Patel of BJP from Phulpur constituency have risen by Rs 31.99 crore, from Rs 8.26 crore in 2017 to Rs 40.26 crore in 2022. Aditi Singh, the Rae Bareli MLA who quit Congress to join BJP, has registered fourth highest increase in assets. In 2017, Singh had assets worth Rs 13 lakh, which increased by around Rs. 30 crore to around Rs. 30 crore 28 lakh in 2022/ Party wise, 223 re-contesting MLAs of BJP had total assets worth over Rs five crore in 2017, which grew to over Rs eight crore in 2022. Assets of 55 SP MLAs increased from around Rs 4.6 crore in 2017 to Rs 6.73 crore in 2022. From Congress, four re-contesting MLAs had assets worth around Rs eight crore.

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