Punjab Newsline
By Naresh Kumar Sharma
CHANDIGARH: Among the five states going to polls, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati is the richest, according to the details collected by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) from affidavits submitted before the Election Commission. Mayawati has asset worth Rs 87.27 crore comprising over Rs 74 crore worth of immovable property - mainly real estate.
The Chief Minister of Punjab,Prakash Singh Badal reportedly has asset worth Rs 9.2 crore.The Goa Chief Minister and Congress leader Digambar Kamat  has listed personal assets worth Rs 3.23 crore before the Election Commission. Among five chief ministers contesting polls, Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh has the smallest amount sum of assets to declare at 6.09 lakh, as per ADR.
A total of 41 ministers, out of 100 election affidavits analysed, are crorepatis with  Punjab topping the list has the highest number of 'crorepati ministers' (about 83% of sitting ministers) followed by Goa and Uttar Pradesh with 67% and 37% respectively.
As far as  pending criminal cases against ministers is concerned, 17 ministers (out of 100 affidavits analyzed) have declared serious IPC charges like murder and attempt to murder pending against them with maximum percentage of ministers (46%) of Uttar Pradesh.Out of these, 30% ministers have serious criminal cases pending against them.
In regard to attendance in participation of assembly proceedings, the MLAs of Uttarakhand had been found to be more active recording a participation of 91 per cent followed by Punjab (71%)  and Manipur (65%). The Uttar Pradesh MLAs have least and dismal average attendance at 20%.
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