Of the 78 ministers in PM Narendra Modi’s Union cabinet following the mega reshuffle earlier this week, at least 42% have declared criminal cases against them, showed a new report published by the Association for Democratic Reforms poll rights group. Of these ministers, 4 have cases related to murder attempts, the report showed.

PM Narendra Modi allocated portfolios to the newly-inducted lawmakers shortly after their oath-taking ceremony earlier this week on Wednesday. A total of 15 ministers were inducted into the cabinet, while 28 lawmakers were given Union minister of state berths. Thereby, the total number of members in the Prime Minister’s council of ministers now stands at 78.

In its analysis of the Union council of ministers in the 17th Lok Sabha following its expansion, the ADR cited election affidavits to highlight 33 ministers (42%) in the new cabinet have declared criminal cases against them. Of these, 24 ministers (31% of the total number of members) have declared ‘serious’ criminal cases against them — which includes counts of murder, attempt to murder, or robbery.

ADR is a poll rights group that frequently publishes reports ahead of elections, tallying affidavits to ascertain the criminal, financial, & other background details of politicians.

Moreover, around 90% members of the new Union cabinet (70 ministers) are millionaires, i.e. they have declared total assets amounting to over 10 million (one crore), the ADR report pointed out. Four ministers — Jyotiraditya Scindia (over 379 crore), Piyush Goyal (over 95 crore), Narayan Rane (over 87 crore), and Rajeev Chandrasekhar (over 64 crore) — have been categorised as ‘high asset ministers’, which means they have declared assets worth more than 50 crore.

The average worth of assets per minister has been found to be around 16.24 crore, the report noted. The cabinet ministers who have declared assets worth the lowest in the lot are — Pratima Bhoumik from Tripura (over 6 lakh), John Barla from West Bengal (over 14 lakh), Kailash Choudhary from Rajasthan (over 24 lakh), Bishweswar Tudu from Odisha (over 27 lakh), and V Muraleedharan from Maharashtra (over 27 lakh).


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