503 Lok Sabha MPs including Amit Shah failed to furnish property details: RTI reply

According to members of the Lok Sabha Declaration of Assets Rules 2004, every member should declare their property details within 90 days of their election. 

Published: 23rd January 2020 08:31 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd January 2020 11:58 PM   |  A+A-

BJP chief Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah (Photo | PTI)

Express News Service

DEHRADUN: In a startling revelation, an RTI query revealed that 503 of 543 members of parliament from Lok Sabha have failed to furnish property details after getting elected in the May 2019 parliamentary elections. 

According to members of the Lok Sabha Declaration of Assets Rules 2004, every member should declare their property details within 90 days of their election. 

Rule 3 of the Act states that every elected candidate for the ‘House of the People’ (Lok Sabha) shall, within 90 days from the date on which he makes and subscribes an oath or affirmation for taking his seat, furnish information about the movable and immovable property of which he, his spouse and his dependent children are jointly or severally owners or beneficiaries, his liabilities to any public financial institution, his liabilities to the central or state governments.

The RTI query was filed by Nadimuddin, a Kashipur-based activist in Udham Singh Nagar district. 

"Our lawmakers should realise that their conduct in every aspect holds importance. Only talks of transparency will not help. They should walk the talk and then only people will be able to place their faith in them," said Nadimuddin.

The RTI activist added that out of total 543, four MPs have time to submit the details according to the RTI reply. "Four MPs were elected later in by-elections so technically they still have time to furnish the details," said Nadimuddin. 

The reply by Lok Sabha secretariat stated the data until December 10, 2019. It also revealed that out of 543 members, only 36 MPs submitted their details within the prescribed time limit. 

Of the 36, MPs, 25 belong to Bhartiya Janta Party, 8 to All India Trinamool Congress followed by one each from Biju Janta Dal, AIDMK and Shiv Sena including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani and Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Interestingly, not a single MP from the Indian National Congress has submitted the requisite details. 
 
Bigwigs who have failed to submit the details include Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Indian National Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi along with others.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments(1)

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

  • l.s.mohandoss

    Law making people do not follow rules
    1 month ago reply
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp