The number of Bihar’s crorepati ministers has more than doubled since last year. Twelve out of 29 ministers, including Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, are crorepatis. Last year, only five had made it to the crorepati list.
This year, 130 MLAs, including RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddiquei, and two MLCs have failed to declare their assets within the December 31 deadline.
Bihar has 243 MLAs and 75 MLCs — 23 MLAs and six MLCs are ministers. The state government made assets declaration mandatory for ministers in 2010 and asked all legislators to declare their assets from 2011.
Nitish’s moveable assets include bank balance of Rs 6,15,662, a flat worth Rs 40 lakh in New Delhi, and a car. He has 30 tolas of gold and five kg silver utensils. Nitish has also declared two cows and three calves worth Rs 83,000. He has a bank loan of Rs 84,192. His son Nishant has moveable assets and cash worth Rs 73,60,126 and land worth Rs 42,69,404. The cumulative assets of the two are worth Rs 1,62,45,192 as against their assets of Rs 1,50,64,199 last year.
Modi, his wife and son have assets worth Rs 1,17,33,228. They own a flat worth Rs 36.7 lakh at Ghaziabad, UP. Modi has 510 gm of gold and a Maruti Swift car. Last year, his assets were worth Rs 1,06,80,314.
Shooting real estate prices notwithstanding, neither Nitish nor Modi has shown appreciation of their Delhi and Ghaziabad properties, respectively, over the last one year. The last name on this year’s list is that of Janardhan Singh Singriwal with property worth Rs 15.74 lakh.
Last year’s list of crorepatis had P K Shahi, Brishen Patel, Ramai Ram, besides Nitish and Modi.
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