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Congress MLA from Manavadar, Javahar Chavda, tops the table of sitting MLAs contesting polls in the phase I, with highest increase in assets in rupee terms, revealed an analysis by Gujarat Election Watch (GEW), the state chapter of National Election Watch - a conglomeration of over 1200 civil society organizations working on political and electoral reforms.
The analysis by GEW has been done based on information declared by the MLAs in their affidavits filed with their nomination papers to the election commission.
Chavada has declared the highest increase in assets of Rs 64.57 crore, his assets have grown from Rs . 18.32 crore in 2007 to Rs 82.90 crore in 2012. He was followed by minister of state for Fisheries, Parshottambhai Solanki for the BJP have increased by Rs 26.23 crore, from Rs 11.38 crore in 2007 to Rs 37.61 crore in 2012.
Other legislators in the top five list with highest increase in assets include BJP MLA from Sanand Kamabhai Rathod whose assets have risen by Rs 22.90 crore, from Rs 1.55 crores in 2007 to Rs 24.46 crore in 2012. Hirabhai Solanki BJP MLA from Rajula, also has declared an increase of Rs 22.01 crore in assets, from Rs 12.79 crores to Rs 34.81 crore in 2012. BJP MLA from
Chhotubhai Vasava a lone JD (U) MLA in the state from Jhagadia (ST) seat has declared the highest percentage increase in assets of 2860 per cent, from Rs 9.15 lakh in 2007 to Rs 2.70 crore in 2012. Bhavnaben Makwana, BJP MLA from Mahuva has shown a percentage increase in assets of 2275%, from Rs 3.67 lakh in 2007 to Rs 87.35 lakh in 2012. While, Kamabhai Rathod, BJP MLA from Sanand has shown his assets go up by 1469 per cent, from Rs 1.55 crores in 2007 to Rs 24.46 crores in 2012.
MLAs have also reported a decrease in assets in 2012 as compared to their corresponding value of assets in 2007. They are Congress MLA from Jambusar Kirankumar Makwana (45% reduction in assets, from Rs 21.54 lakh in 2007 elections to Rs 11.93 lakh in 2012), Govindbhai Patel, BJP MLA from Rajkot South (22% dip in assets, from Rs 1.48 Crore in 2007 to Rs 1.16 Crore in 2012). As many as 56 sitting MLAs are again contesting elections.
The average assets of these re-contesting MLAs in 2007 was Rs 1.61 crore, which has increased to Rs 6.03 crore. While, the average growth in assets for these re-contesting MLAs is Rs 4.41 crore, and average percentage growth in assets for these re-contesting MLAs is 273 per cent.