As many as 67 MLAs in the Assam Legislative Assembly are crorepatis, a report released by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Assam Election Watch said.
Of the 119 sitting MLAs, 67 are crorepatis, i.e., with declared assets worth Rs 1 crore and above, the report said.
The number of crorepati MLAs has increased five times since 2006.
In 2006, the Assembly only had 15 (12%) crorepati MLAs which tripled in 2011 to reach 47 (37%).
The richest of them all, however, is
Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) MLA Naren Sonowal from Naharkatia, with total declared assets worth Rs 33.94 crore, is the richest MLA.
The poorest of all MLAs is AIUDF MLA Sahab Uddin Ahmed from Jaleswar constituency, with total declared assets worth Rs 1.81 lakh.
On average, the assets per sitting MLA is Rs 2.47 crore, the report said.
34 (58%) out of 59 MLAs from BJP, 11 (55%) out of 20 MLAs from Congress, 10 (77%) out of 13 MLAs from Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), 7 (58%) out of 12 MLAs from BPF and 5 (36%) out of 14 MLAs from AIUDF have declared assets valued more than Rs 1 crore.
ADR and Election watch analysed the financial details of 119 of the 126 MLAs based on the affidavit details as submitted by candidates prior to the 2016 Assembly elections and bye-elections conducted thereafter.