Extreme inequality in India is evidently not restricted to the general population, going by an analysis of the assets of Chief Ministers.
It extends to top politicians as well, with the richest Chief Minister found to be 680 times wealthier than the ‘poorest’ one.
A total of 25 chief ministers in India have declared assets of over Rs 1 crore, with Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu emerging as the richest chief minister of India with assets worth over Rs 177 crore whereas Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, with total assets worth all of Rs. 26 lakh emerged as the poorest CM, an analysis of their self-sworn affidavits filed by the CMs of 29 states has shown.
As per a report based on this analysis by the Association of Democratic Reforms, while two chief ministers have declared assets of over Rs 100 crore, six have wealth between Rs 10 crore and Rs 50 crore, 17 between Rs 1 crore to Rs 10 crore and six below Rs 6 crore.
According to an analysis by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh are the second and third richest CMs, with assets worth Rs. 129 crore and Rs. 48 crore respectively.
The second 'poorest’ is Trinamool Congress leader and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, with assets worth Rs 30 lakh.
People’s Democratic Party leader and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was also among the three CMs with the least assets, valued at Rs 55 lakh.
The ADR reports also notes the skewed gender ratio of those heading the state. Out of 31 CMs, only 3 are women - Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje Scindia, Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.
The ADR report also looks into their educational qualification and revealed that 10 per cent of 31 chief ministers are 12th pass, while 39 per cent are graduates, 32 per cent graduate professional, 16 per cent post graduate and 3 per cent doctorate. Sikkim CM PK Chamling holds a doctorate degree.
The youngest CMs are Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu aged 35, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadvavis aged 44 and Uttar Pradesh CM aged 45. The oldest ones include 74-year-old Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, 72-year-old Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan and 71-year-old Mizoram CM Lal Thanhawla.
35 per cent of Indian CMs have criminal cases registered against them, according to the report. "Out of the all 31 chief ministers analysed from state assemblies and Union territories, 11 (35 per cent) chief ministers have declared criminal cases against themselves," the report mentioned.
26 per cent CMs have declared serious criminal cases, including related to murder, attempt to murder, cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property, criminal intimidation, among others. Topping that list is Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis with 22 cases. Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan is on the second spot with 11 criminal cases, followed by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.
The report also stated that 20 CMs have clean records.