The Indian constitution states that any candidate contesting election needs to declare her/his movable and immovable assets. The declaration of assets and liabilities are supposed to help voters form an opinion on possible misuse of power but even this could not be spared from the hold of corruption.
upcoming elections, Sonia Gandhi declared her net worth to be Rs 9.3
lakh. After a series of scams during her tenure, how is it even
believable that her net worth is less than a number of other
politicians? International news website Huffington Post pegged
Sonia?s worth at Rs 12,400 crore. Maybe the huge amount of money
residing safely in Swiss bank accounts explains the undervaluation of
the net worth of the leaders.
declared have a large difference with the actual value. And for some,
the value of their assets does not budge even after five years. The
reports and analysis itself suggest that the net worth of politicians
increases dramatically during their term as elected representatives.
The media dutifully compares the latest figures with the ones
declared only a few years earlier and marvels at the talent our
politicians have of acquiring huge money in a short span of time. But
nobody asks for explanations behind the unreasonable increase.
speaker Miera Kumar?s two bunglows in Delhi were declared at Rs 2.4
crore and 4.95 crore; their real values being 12 crore and 26 crore
respectively. Mayawati in 2009 declared a house under her name to be
worth 61.86 crores but experts said that it would have been worth Rs
429 crore. Every leader from ex Delhi CM Shiela Dikshit to Home
Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, from Sushma Swaraj to Rajnath singh is
found to be undervaluing their assets or not declaring them at all to
hide the significant unreasonable increases. And the most common
excuse given by the politician stands to be the rise in prices of the
already owned properties.
But the same
politicians with their so called ?net worth? suddenly are found
to be in possession of costly movable and immovable assets when
raided like in the case of YSR Congress MLA Kapu Ramachandra Reddy.
Politics has become just a money-spinning business tool for most of
the politicians with generations of family involved in it. And most
definitely, it is on the expense of the common man who elects them
with some hopes, that these politicians build a huge balance.
are people who work towards exposing these politicians but the power
these politicians accumulate over the years overpower all other
efforts and they are let free. What explains almost the 50 percent
growth in the net worth of the politicians! It is the leaders who
need to realize their responsibilities now. Because no matter how
many committees we set to check on them, corruption finds its way.
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