Most of new MLAs in Mumbai are crorepatis and more than half of them have not studied beyond Class 12.
Of the 36 legislators elected in the city, 21 of them have studied up to Class 12 or below. Their assets, meanwhile, are worth over Rs1 crore, even though most of them are first-time legislators.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Malabar Hill Mangal Prabhat Lodha has the most assets in his name (Rs. 198.62 crore), followed by Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Azmi (Rs. 156 crores). There are only three winners who have assets between Rs. 25 and Rs. 50 crore.
Only two MLAs from Mumbai are post-graduates and one has a doctorate degree. The least qualified MLA is Mohd Naseem Khan, who has quit school after Class 5.
According to the data compiled by a non-profit, Action for Good governance and Networking in India (AGNI), 22 winners have criminal records, while 13 of them have serious criminal charges against them — eight from Sena, four from BJP, one from SP.
For instance, Shiv Sena’s Sada Sarvankar has as many as 27 criminal cases pending against him, including serious crime such as outraging the modesty of a woman and attempt to murder.
Azmi, too, has 12 cases registered against him.
Sharad Kumar of AGNI said the education qualifications most of the elected MLAs wasn’t impressive. “But politicians always manage to have assets worth crores,” he said.