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More than half of MCD councillors are crorepatis

Last Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 23:24

New Delhi: Fifty-one per cent of Delhi`s newly elected councillors are crorepatis, 21 per cent have criminal cases against them while two "illiterate" corporators share space with around 40 per cent members who are graduates.

An analysis by an election monitoring group Association of Democratic Rights (ADR) has thrown up these and other interesting data about the councillors of three municipal corporations which went to polls last Sunday.

After analysing affidavits of 236 out of 272 councillors, the ADR claimed BJP has the highest number of 29 winners with criminal cases followed by Congress 14, BSP 2 and INLD one.

Out of these 49 newly elected councillors, 12 have declared serious criminal cases like murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, robbery and extortion. BJP has five, Congress four and BSP one.

Shoeb Danish of Congress has four cases, including two cases related to attempt to murder, the ADR claimed. Meghraj Chandela (Congress) and Bansi Lal, an independent, follows him with two cases.

A comparison of men and women with respect to criminal cases, 31.6 per cent of men councillors (37 out of 117) have declared criminal cases whereas only 10.08 per cent of women corporators (12) have declared criminal cases.

Only 7.6 per cent or nine men have serious cases against them while the number of women in this regard is only three.

120 councillors are crorepatis, including Satwinder Kaur Sirsa of BJP who had declared assets worth Rs 112 crore followed by independent Naresh Balyan with assets worth Rs 57.23 crore and Manju Setia (Congress) with Rs 32.79 crore.
Comparing newly elected councillors on the basis of
declared assets, 55 per cent of men councillors (64)) are crorepatis whereas 47 per cent of women councillors (47) own assets worth more than Rs one crore. BJP has 68 crorepati councillors while the number for Congress is 30 and BSP four.

Twelve out of 22 Independents are also in this elite club. Newly elected councillors of BJP have average assets in excess of Rs 3.19 crore while those of Congress have assets in excess of Rs 2.46 crore.

Ninety-five councillors (40 per cent) of the newly elected councillors are graduates and above. Twenty-three have post graduate degrees.

BJP can boast about two PhD holders -- Mayor Rajni Abbi and Shobha Vijender among its fold but the party has a councillor who is illiterate. One of the Congress councillors is also illiterate.

The analysis also shows that ten per cent of the newly elected councillors (23 of 236 analyzed) have not furnished PAN card details while 62 Councillors (26 per cent) have declared that they have never filed their Income Tax Returns.


First Published: Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 23:24

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