Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 19:
A large majority of people in Odisha may have been very poor but it’s leaders are certainly not. So it appears, when you find a whopping 52% of them- that is, 76 out of the 147 winners in the 2014 Odisha Assembly polls- are crorepatis.
This is 30% higher in comparison to winners in the 2009 election, which had only 33 crorepatis that worked out to just 22% of the 147 MLAs.
A release issued by the Odisha Election Watch (OEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) in a press briefing here today said while 53% (62) out of the 117 winners from BJD are crorepatis, 56% or 9 out of the 16 winners from Congress and 40% or 4 out of the 10 winners from BJP are crorepatis.
The average assets of the 147 winners is Rs 3.22 crores now while the average assets of 134 winners from 2009 Odisha Assembly elections was Rs 1.71 crores, said the release which has based its analysis on the basis of affidavits filed by candidates at the time of filing their nominations.
The OEW analysis ranks BJP on the top of the chart for the average assets of the 10 winners from BJP come to Rs 13.44 crores. The BJD ranks second with average assets of its 117 members at Rs 2.03 crores and the Congress comes third with the average assets of its 16 members at Rs 1.92 crores.
The analysis further states that while BJP’s Dilip Ray elected from Rourkela tops the list of crorepati MLAs with the highest declared assets worth Rs 106 crore+, Sanatan Mahakud, an Independent elected from Champua ranks second with assets worth Rs 69 crores+ and Nitesh Gangdev elected from Deogarh on a BJP ticket ranks third with assets valued at Rs 17crores+.