NEW DELHI — As many as 11 out of 31 chief ministers of various states and union territories in India have criminal cases against them, while 25 are crorepatis (multi-millionaires), an analysis of their self-sworn affidavits furnished during the assembly elections has revealed.
The analysis, conducted by the Association for Democratic Reforms and the National Election Watch, found that of the 11 chief ministers with criminal cases, eight (26 percent) have declared serious criminal cases, including cases related to murder, attempt to murder, cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property, and criminal intimidation.
The chief ministers who have various criminal charges against them include Yogi Adityanath of Uttar Pradesh (Bharatiya Janata Party), Devendra Fadnavis of Maharashtra (BJP), Raghubar Das of Jharkhand (BJP), Nitish Kumar of Bihar (Janata Dal-United), Chandrababu Naidu of Andhra Pradesh (Telugu Desam Party), K. Chandrasekhar Rao of Telangana (Telangana Rashtra Samithi), Amarinder Singh of Punjab (Congress), Pinarayi Vijayan of Kerala (Communist Party of India-Marxist), Mehbooba Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir (Peoples Democratic Party), Arvind Kejriwal of Delhi (Aam Aadmi Party) and V. Narayanasamy of Puducherry (Congress).
Although 25 (81 percent) of chief ministers are crorepatis, the three leaders who top the chart are Naidu with a net worth of more than Rs. 177 crore, Pema Khandu of Arunachal Pradesh with Rs. 129 crore in assets and Amarinder Singh with total assets worth more than Rs. 48 crore.
The three chief ministers with lowest assets are Manik Sarkar of Tripura with assets worth Rs. 26 lakh, Mamata Banerjee of West Bengal with Rs. 30 lakhs and Mehbooba Mufti with assets worth around Rs. 55 lakh.