Madhya Pradesh assembly elections: Neta wives have heavier money bags

BHOPAL: When it comes to purse power, it’s wives of Madhya Pradesh’s heavyweight politicians who tip the scales. Affidavits filed before Election Commission show that wives of more than half of the prominent leaders, from either side of political divide, earn more than their husbands.

This includes chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, whose wife Sadhna Singh has an annual income of Rs 37 lakh — nearly twice as that of her husband’s (Rs 19.7 lakh). In the last election, Chouhan had said that his post-tax income was Rs 17.12 lakh while Sadhna Singh’s was Rs 20.5 lakh.

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Minister Bhupendra Singh’s wife has an annual income of Rs 4.5 crore, while he has an annual income of only Rs 97 lakh. The same goes for the wife of minister Rajendra Shukla — his affidavit shows an annual income of only Rs 6.6 lakh while his wife’s is Rs 26.66 lakh per annum. The wife of minister Sanjay Pathak, who switched from Congress to BJP after the 2013 polls, earns Rs 1.4 crore compared to Pathak’s annual income of Rs 85 lakh.

The same trend is seen in heavyweight Congress candidates. As per affidavits submitted before EC, Congress veteran Suresh Pachauri’s wife has an annual income of Rs 22.61 lakh while he earns Rs 19.99 lakh a year.

At Rs 17.5 lakh a year, the wife of state Congress working president Jitu Patwari earns slightly more than his Rs 15 lakh. Bala Bachhan, a four-time MLA and former minister, earns Rs 7.2 lakh annually while his wife has an annual income of Rs 10.32 lakh, says his affidavit.

Source: Economic Times