Shatrughan Sinha's assets grew by more than Rs 100 crore in the five years from 2009 to 2014, even as the average assets of re-elected MPs went up from Rs 5.38 crore in 2009 to Rs 12.78 crore in 2014.
The National Election Watch and the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) analysed the affidavits of 165 re-elected MPs and found that a BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of criminal cases registered among all the re-elected MPs.
The average percentage of assets growth for the 165 re-elected MPs is 137% and actor-turned MP Sinha has declared maximum increase in assets; The value of his assets increased by Rs 116.73 crore from Rs 15 crore in 2009 to Rs 131.74 crore in 2014.
Closely following Sinha in asset growth is BJD MP from Puri in Odisha. Pinaki Mishra's assets increased by Rs 107.40 crore, from Rs 29.69 crore in 2009 to Rs 137.09 crore in 2014. NCP supremo's daughter Supriya Sule, who represents Baramati constituency, has seen her assets grow by Rs 62.37 crore. From assets worth Rs 51.53 crore in 2009 to Rs 113.90 crore in 2014. Akali Dal MP from Bhatinda, Hasmirat Kaur Badal has also seen her assets increase by Rs 47 crore from Rs 60 crore in 2009 to Rs 108 crore in 2014.
BJP leader Gopinath Munde, who represents the Beed constituency in Maharashtra, has seen his assets increase by Rs 31 crore. From having assets to the tune of approximately Rs 6 crore in 2009, his assets have increased to Rs 38 crore. Sultanpur BJP MP Varun Gandhi has seen his assets increase by Rs 30 crore. From possessing assets to the tune of approximately Rs 4 crore in 2009, Gandhi's assets have increased to Rs 35 crore in 2014. Navsari BJP MP Chandrakant Patil's assets increased from Rs 24 crore to Rs 74 crore, a jump of Rs 50 crore.
Additionally, 71 MPs or 43 per cent of the total 165 re-elected MPs have criminal cases against them.
This is not all, as many as 13 MPs (18%) have shown an increase in the number of self-declared criminal cases in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from the previous elections.
As many as 21 re-elected MPs have declared criminal cases in 2014 while they had zero criminal cases in 2009, similarly nine re-elected MPs had declared zero criminal cases in 2014 while they had declared criminal cases in 2009. Agra BJP MP Ramshankar Katheria has declared the highest increase by reporting 21 criminal cases against him in 2014. He had no criminal cases in 2009. Besides, Hatkanangale (Kolhapur District) Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana MP Raju Shetty and Behrampur Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury have both shown an increase in criminal cases by 12 cases. Shetty had declared zero criminal cases in 2009, while Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury had declared 4 criminal cases in 2009. As many as 18 re-elected MPs have declared a decrease in criminal cases in 2014 from the 2009 declaration.