New Delhi | Around 65 members of the Lok Sabha while 29 Upper house members are yet to disclose their assets and liabilities as per the information received through an RTI query.
In reply to RTI activist Rachna Kalra, the Lok Sabha secretariat said,”As on 14th August, 61 Members of 16th Lok Sabha have not yet furnished declarations of their ‘Assets and Liabilities as per the Members of Lok Sabha (Declaration of Assets and Liabilities) Rules, 2004’. Further, four new Member of Lok Sabha who had recently been elected to Lok Sabha in bye-elections are also to furnish the declarations of Assets and Liabilities. They have 90 days time to furnish the same from the date of their taking oath/Affirmation.”
The 69 members include the majority of nine members from Indian National Congress (INC) and seven from Telugu Desam Party (TDP).
While the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC), Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Samajwadi Party (SP), Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and Lok Jan Shakti Party (LJSP)’s four members are also yet to declare their assets. The list further includes three members from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and two members each from Shiv Sena, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Janata Dal (United) and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM).
And finally one member of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), YSR Congress Party, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), National People’s Party (NPP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (JKPDP), All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), All India NR Congress (AINRC) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) are yet to provide details of their assets and liabilities.
Talking about the Upper House (Rajya Sabha), the RTI query revealed that “current elected members are required to furnish the details of assets and liabilities, within 90 days from the date of taking oath or making affirmation in the Council of States,” under the Members of Rajya Sabha (Declaration of Assets and Liabilities) Rules, 2004. The list includes six members from BJP and INC, three from RJD, AITC and TRS and two from BJD and JD(U).