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Story in numbers: Power and money in UP Assembly, 2017

The BJP MLAs who contested had a higher average per capita level of wealth than other parties' MLAs

Aditi Phadnis  |  New Delhi 

What does data relating to wealth of those elected to the Uttar Pradesh (UP) Legislative Assembly in 2017 tell us? One, the overall numbers of those who have declared assets more than Rs 1 crore has gone up considerably. As three-quarters of the members are from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the average BJP MLA who contested had a higher average per capita level of wealth than MLAs from other parties.  Also, for all the pre-election campaign talk of standing with the poor, the average BJP MLA is wealthier than colleagues in other parties. On January 8, addressing ...

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