NEW DELHI 2-8 FEBRUARY 2014 SUNDAY `6 PAGES 32 INDIA’S ONLY WEEKLY NEWSPAPER Follow Us on Twitter: twitter.com/newindianxpress Diva Dream Takes Wings ASK PRABHU Post your questions on website www.newindianexpress.com and Prabhu will answer them. DEADLY FRONTIER Reason to Enjoy a Chevy Ride PLUS: 16 PAGES MAGAZINE Exclusive Voices Homes Where Elegance is Key PRABHU CHAWLA TJS GEORGE G PARTHASARATHY RAVI SHANKAR PUSHPESH PANT SHANKKAR AIYAR V SUDARSHAN MOHAN DAS MENON www.thesundaystandard.com/www.newindianexpress.com In Their Kitchens Without Borders ‘I Might be Jealous, But it’s Not Necessary that I Act Stories Told in All Films in Stone I Produce’ Gender Discourse Lost in Shallow Claims SADHGURU SPEAKS First Purusha, Then Prakriti Manifested Billionaires and Millionaires Dominate Rajya Sabha 2014 D By U ANAND KUMAR Digvijaya Singh emocracy is an abundance of riches, as the worth of the new occupants of the Upper House benches is being revealed in the run up to Rajya Sabha 2014. Thirty-six out of 55—over 70 per cent—are crorepatis. Property is one of the major wealth factors listed and many of the new candidates are businessmen who have entered politics or vice versa. Bihar might be one of the poorest states in India and seeking special category status, but the richest candidate in the new pantheon of Elders is security services millionaire R K Sinha, a BJP nominee. The combined declared assets of Sinha and wife is around `800 crore. Standing behind him is an Independent candidate from Maharastra, the Pune-based real estate moghul Sanjay Kakade, who has declared assets worth `485 crore. Maharashtra is the land of sugar and honey, and all its seven candidates including Republican Party of India boss, Ramdas Athawale are crorepatis. Agriculture Minister and NCP supremo Sharad Pawar has declared assets exceeding `32 crore. Advocate Majid Menon (NCP) has shown property worth around `23 crore. Congress senior leader Murli Deora has property around `28 crore. Congressman Hussain Dalwai has declared property worth more than `4 crore. Shiv Sena candidate and Videocon owner Raj Kumar Dhoot’s declared assets are worth around `19 crore. Athawale may be a Buddhist by faith and a poet by inclination, but he seems to be worth `3 crore. The next Rajya Sabha will see a wealth of millionaires. Three candidates from Madhya Pradesh, two from Jharkhand and almost all seven candidates from Andhra Pradesh are crorepatis. From Odisha, the 6th poorest state in the country, five candidates are in the fray for four Rajya Sabha seats. Property maketh the man, it seems and the richest among them is former minister and BJD MLA A U Singhdeo who owns property more than `11 crore. Congress candidate Ranjiv Biswal has declared property worth about `5 crore; Panchayati Raj Minister Kalpataru Das more than `2 crore; BJD backed independent candidate Raghunath Mohapatra worth more than `3 crore and BJD’s Sarojini Hembrum has property around more than `1 crore. Andhra Pradesh known for its mining magnates and rich businessmen throws up few surprises in the richie rich category. All seven candidates in the fray, except M A Khan are crorepatis. According to affidavits, the Congress candidate and versatile biz-politico and Tollywood powerhouse T Subbarami Reddy and his wife Indira have assets worth Mithun Chakraborty Madhusudan Mistry Majid Memon R K Sinha Sanjay Singh Sanjay Kakade The next Rajya Sabha will see a wealth of millionaires. Three candidates from Madhya Pradesh, two from Jharkhand and almost all seven candidates from Andhra Pradesh are crorepatis. From Odisha, the sixth poorest state in the country, five candidates are in the fray for four Rajya Sabha seats. about `422 crore. Independent candidate, gentleman farmer and entrepreneur Adala Prabhakar Reddy declared assets worth `128 crore. Congress senior leader KVP Ramachander Rao’s worth is about `23 crore—a politician, he comes from family in the exports business. The TDP is no poorer—its candidate Garikapati Mohan Rao declared a net worth about `38 crore. Another TDP candidate Ramalakshmi declared assets of more than `6 crore. Telangana makes its million- aire mark with TRS candidate K Kesava Rao declaring assets worth more than `3 crore. In Madhya Pradesh, Congress candidate Digivijay Singh and former Raja of Ragogarh, returning from a decade of ‘vanaprastha’ declared assets worth more than `2 crore. Both BJP candidates Prabha Jha and Satya Narayan Jatiya has assets more than `1 crore. The development index of Gujarat is reflected in its RS candidate list: among the four candidates from the state, three are crorepatis. Madhusud- han Mistry of Congress is worth more than `1 crore. BJP candidates Shabhuprasad Tundia and Chinibhai Gohil are worth more than `2.5 crore and `11 crore respectively. From Assam, both Congress candidates Sanjay Singh, former Raja of Amethi and Bhubaneshwar Kalita have declared assets worth more than `6 crore. Resource rich, tribal Jharkhand has two candidates, both crorepatis. Independent candidate Parimal Nathwani has assets worth more than ` Rich Harvest of Gifts, But for the Govt Store By DEVIRUPA MITRA New Delhi: Today’s leaders choose not to accept official gifts for them from foreign shores, and these are either returned or sent to the Ministry of External Affairs’ (MEA) Toshakhana (treasure house) unlike in previous times when babus would undervalue items. The latest list released by the MEA of gifts received from foreign leaders by government functionaries had a number of high value gifts. Between October and December 2013, the gift harvest was quite bountiful. In November, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh received high-end Rolex watches, valued at `9 lakh each. However, they returned the gifts in the same month. Though in the list, next to the Prime Minister’s gift, it is mentioned that the “option of the recipient is pending”. This probably refers to the fact that at the time of compiling of the list, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) may not have given technical confirmation whether the gift will be bought or released to the MEA for safekeeping. Ansari and Singh were not the only ones to be the recipients of a liberal bounty. Congress President Sonia Gandhi was gifted a gold necklace worth `7.04 lakh. The A U Singhdeo Sonia Gandhi, Hamid Ansari and Manmohan Singh senior official. Following an April 2013 order of the Central Information Commission (CIC), the MEA had put up the first list of disclosures of foreign gifts in November last year. Among the 41 gifts received during the July-September period, the most expensive was a Tissot watch worth `17,000 for a PMO official. The public list does not disclose the name of the gift givers as the MEA had argued before the CIC that it would impact bilateral relations. As per law, all government functionaries have to deposit their gifts at the Toshakhana for appraisal by the customs department. Based on the evaluation, the recipient is allowed to keep the gift if it is below a certain limit. If the price Between October and December 2013, the gifts ranged from two Rolex watches worth `9 lakh each for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Vice President Hamid Ansari to gold necklace worth `7.04 lakh for Congress President Sonia Gandhi. They returned the gifts. MEA has already transferred it to the National Museum. Even the PM also received a jewellery set during the same period, with the necklace and pair of earring valued at `1.2 lakh. He also received a bracelet worth `35,000 in October. It is learnt that Sonia Gandhi’s necklace was certainly a gift from Prime Minister of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad AlSabah, who paid a state visit from November 7 to 10 last year. The V-P and the PM’s high-value gifts were also probably from the same source. “The Gulf visitors are often very generous in gifts,” said a is appraised to be higher than the benchmark, the recipients have the option to buy the gift; otherwise it remains stored in the Toshakhana. The MEA’s Toshakhana is at its headquarters in Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan, where it is running out of space to store the foreign gifts. 50 crore and Prem Chand Gupta, supported by the UPA has assets worth more than `6 crore. Veteran Congresswoman and Rajya Sabha candidate from Himachal Pradesh Viplove Thakur has declared assets more than ` 1 crore. The Trinamool Congress candidate from West Bengal, the Chandigarh based businessman KD Singh has owned up to property worth more than `80 crore. Yesteryear silver screen’s disco dancer Mithun Chakraborty has assets around `10 crore. In Tamil Nadu, AIADMK candidate S Muthukaruppan has shown property worth more than `6 crore. According to a recent survey by the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) and the National Election Watch, Mahendra Prasad of the Janata Dal (United) is at present the richest Rajya Sabha MP, with total assets worth `683 crore, followed by Independent member Vijay Mallya with `615 crore and Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan worth `493 crore.
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