New Delhi, Feb 13: Andhra Pradesh’s Chandrababu Naidu is the richest chief minister in the country with declared assets worth over Rs 177 crore, followed by Arunanchal Pradesh’s Pema Khandu (over Rs 129 crore) and Amarinder Singh of Punjab (over Rs 48 crore). The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW) which analysed the self-sworn affidavits of current chief ministers (CMs) in state assemblies and Union territories revealed these interesting facts.
According to the report, the CM with the lowest declared asset is Tripura’s Manik Sarkar with assets worth Rs 27 lakh, followed by West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee (over Rs 30 lakh) and Jammu and Kashmir’s Mehbooba Mufti (Rs 56 lakh).
The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) in its report also noted that out of the all 31 chief ministers analysed from state and UTs, 11 (35%) chief ministers have declared criminal cases against themselves while 20 have clean records.
Further, 26% CMs have declared serious criminal cases, including those related to murder, attempt to murder, cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property, criminal intimidation, among others.
In terms of education qualification, 10% of 31 chief ministers are 12th pass, 39% are graduate professional, 16% are post-graduate and only 3% have doctorate degrees.