Gujarat Polls: Modi & brigade beat women's passion for gold
Dailybhaskar.com | Dec 03, 2012, 00:53AM IST
Ahmedabad: Some of male politicians in Narendra Modi and camp can surely match women's passion for for jewellery, especially all-time favourite yellow metal!
If we take a look at affidavits filed by some of the politicians, we would be surprised to know Indian women are not the only ones craving for glittering ornaments.
Nonpareils are a part of BJP Waghodia MLA Madhu Srivastava's identity. He is crazy about gold and dons it on his sleeves, fingers and around the neck.
With 21 tolas of gold, Srivastava owns more yellow metal than his wife Savita, who possesses 20 tolas.
He also possesses a Rado watch, which he has claimed to be of Rs 5,000. The leader also has 10 vehicles, including a Pajero, Ford Endeavour, Enfield, Hyundai, Swift, Tata Sumo, Hero Honda NBZ, tractor and Activas.
However, Srivastava has been beaten by Modi's favourite minister and Akota candidate Saurabh Patel, who owns gold and diamonds worth Rs 72.47 lakh. It comprises 47 carats of diamond jewellery.
His wife Ila possesses jewels worth Rs 2.29 crore, including 307 carats of diamonds.
BJP Manjalpur candidate Yogesh Patel has also beaten Srivastava having jewellery worth Rs 12 lakh. He also owns 30 tolas of gold, which is quite lesser than his wife who has jewellery worth Rs 13.31 lakh.
Party's Dabhoi nominee Balakrishna Patel also has 30 tolas of gold, while his wife Usha has 45 tolas worth Rs 13.50 lakh.
The Gujarat CM also has four gold rings (45 gram) worth Rs 1,23,777. Though Modi has revealed that he is worth only Rs 1.33 crore, his wealth has seen a steep rise from 2007 when he had assets worth Rs 40 lakh.
Here's a look at the richest and the poorest BJP candidates:
Parshottam Solanki (Bhavnagar Rural)
Profile: Minister of state for fisheries
Fixed assets: 34,28,28,639
Total wealth: 373,900,000
Narottam Patel (Udhna)
Profile: Food and Civil Supplies Minister
Fixed assets: 20,20,80,763
Total wealth: 342,828,639
Dilip Sanghani (Amreli)
Profile: Agriculture and Law minister
Fixed assets: 7,78,28,043
Total wealth: 77,827,043
Anandiben Patel (Ghatlodia)
Profile: Revenue Minister
Fixed assets: 1,62,57,350
Total wealth: 16,257,350
Amit Shah (Naranpura)
Profile: Former Home Minister
Fixed assets: 6,76,87,548
Total wealth: 67,687,548
Pradipsinh Jadeja (Vatva)
Profile: Junior Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister
Fixed assets: 1,20,56,711
Total wealth: 12,056,711
Vasan Ahir (Anjar)
Profile: Social Welfare Minister
Fixed assets: 2,27,02,235
Total wealth: 22,702,235
Jai Narain Vyas (Sidhpur)
Profile: Health Minister
Fixed assets: 3,58,28,492
Total wealth: 35,828,492
Ramanlal Vora (Idar)
Profile: Education Minister
Fixed assets: 98,38,271
Total wealth: 9,838,271
Mangubhai Patel (Navsari)
Profile: Minister of Tribal Development, Forests & Environment
Fixed assets: 21,79,353