The Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: Nabarangpur BJD lawmaker Manohar Randhari's assets have increased by around 2,000% in last five years going by affidavit submitted by him.

Randhari, 39, who is re-contesting from the seat, had Rs 6-lakh property during 2009 elections. His assets made a quantum leap to Rs 1.29 crore in 2014. This was revealed by Association for Democratic Reforms and Odisha Election Watch, after they analyzed affidavits of candidates.

A farmer by profession, Randhari has movable assets worth Rs 16,72,611 while his wife, who is an assistant civil supplies officer, has movable assets of Rs 13,87,495. Similarly Randhari has declared having immovable property worth Rs 73,70,000 and his wife Rs 23,70,000.

In the first phase, 41 MLAs are re-contesting and their average assets are Rs 2.35 crore, against Rs 98.20 lakh in 2009. The assets grew by 137%.

Assets of BJP lawmaker for Baliguda Karendra Majhi increased by 1,690% from Rs 12.81 lakh in 2009 to Rs 2.29 crore in 2014. Property of Congress MLA from Kuchinda Rajendra Chhatria rose by 1,291% from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 28 lakh in the last five years.

Party-wise the average increase in assets of BJD is 117% while it is 181% for Congress, 443% ( BJP), 477% (Samata Kranti Dal) and 49% for independents . The candidates were not available for comments.

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