Politicians are the members of the government who manage and pass legislation for the good of the country and the citizens. We rely on them to make just decisions and keep the good of the nation and its nationals before their own needs. We see them doing a lot for us but also being prosecuted when they are found guilty of not following the laws they make. All in all, it is not an easy job.
Even though they are known for their VIP treatments and for travelling in a car with security and a red light on top, there are some politicians who live more lavishly than their counterparts. Following is a list of some of the richest politicians in India in 2018.
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10. Rajkumar Dhoot
Rajkumar Dhoot is a member of Rajya Sabha, representing the state of Maharashtra. His riches won’t come as a shock when you find out that his father, Shri Nandlal Madhavlal Dhoot was the founder of the electronics company Videocon. He is a co-owner of the company which is today run by his brother Venugopal Dhoot. Dhoot is from the Shiv Sena party and is a member of Rajya Sabha since 2002. He has been a key figure in many committees and currently is a member of the Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare.
9. Ravindra Kishore Sinha
Ravindra Kishore Sinha, also known as RK Sinha has been a member of the Rajya Sabha since 204, representing the state of Bihar for the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP). He has studied Political Sconce and Law fining his beginnings as a journalist before seriously considering politics. As an attempt to help retired defence personnel after Indo-Pak war of 1971, he started Security and Intelligence services which provide security solutions in India and Australia. He saw under much controversy recently when his name was on the list of politicians involved in the Paradise Paper allegations.
8. Dr Mahendra Prasad
Dr Mahendra Prasad is a member of the Rajya Sabha as of 2014 and represents the state of Bihar. He is a member of the Janata Dal (United) party he is stated to be one of the richest members of the party amassing a wealth of about 1.35 Billion dollars. He is an environmentalist and horticulturist by profession which has made him eligible to reside on committees dealing with nature and habitat.
7. Abhishek Singhvi
Abhishek Singhvi is the representative of Rajasthan in the Rajya Sabha and also of the Indian National Congress (INC) party. He was a lawyer by profession before taking a turn into the field of politics. Under his accomplishments, he has also been educated from institutes like Trinity, Cambridge and Harvard. He has been under much scrutiny when a scandalous tape of him was circulated. He was also fined 57 crore rupees by Income Tax Settlement Commission.
6. Anand Singh
Anand Singh is an Indian politician from the southern state of Karnataka. He is a representative of Vijayanagara constituency as a member of the Indian political party, Bhartiya Janta Party. He has posts like the Tourism minister of the Government of Karnataka and member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. He was under much scrutiny when he was arrested in 2015 for the iron ore scam.
5. Kamal Nath
Kamal Nath is an Indian Politician who represents Chhendwara constituency of Madhya Pradesh, having been selected 9 times for the constituency. Along with being a representative from Madhya Pradesh, he is also the current leader of the Indian National Congress (INC) party. His first election was in back in 1980 when he was elected to the 7th Lok Sabha. He has been stated as the longest-serving member of the Indian Parliament. He has served as the Minister of Urban Development and many other important positions. His total assets are said to be priced close to 198 Crore Rupees.
4. Rajeev Chandrasekhar
Rajeev Chandrasekhar is an Indian politician who represents the state of Karnataka in the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) of the Indian Parliament and as the Vice-Chairman of BJP led coalition National Democratic Alliance in the Kerala wing. He is currently on the Standing Committee on Defense, Consultative Committee on Finance and the Central Advisory Committee for the National Cadet Corp. His income is attributed the investment company Jupiter Capital Pvt. Ltd. Which he is the founder and chairman of.
Naveen Jindal is a member of the parliament from Kurukshetra region of Haryana. He is currently the chairman of Jindal Steel and Power limited which is a part of Jindal Group, which was founded by his father. As a member of the parliament, he has been the member of the Standing Committee on Home Affairs, Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Defense and member of the Kurukshetra Development Board. He has taken many initiatives towards population stabilisation, women empowerment and environmental conservation. He and his wife started the Flag Foundation of India to inculcate a sense of respect and duty that the youth of the country owing to the Indian Flab known as Tiranga.
2. Subhash Chandra
Subhash Chandra is an Indian businessman, media baron and politician. His economic interests have cast a wide net to include sectors like packaging, media lottery and cinema. He was the chairman of the largest Indian television networks, Zee Media, but resigned in 2016b from his post as Director and Non-Executive Director. Today he is the chairman of a conglomerate, Essel Group and a member of the Rajya Sabha, representing the state of Haryana. He has also written an autobiography titled The Z Factor which has been co-edited by Pranjal Sharma.
1. Savitri Jindal
Politics is no longer just a man’s game. Savitri Devi Jindal is the mother of Naveen Jindal and is the Chairperson of Emiretus and Jindal Steel &Power limited. She had her humble beginnings in the small town of Tinsukia in Assam and married O.P Jindal who is the founder of Jindal Group, a conglomerate. She was a minister in Haryana and a member of the Legislative Assembly (Vidhan Sabha). In the Haryana government body, she was a representative of Hisar constituency. Like her son, she too is a member of the Indian National Congress (INC).
The news is full of reports on politicians who amass their income using nefarious means. But as stated above, not all have black in their ledger. In fact, many of them have worked hard in their life and by serving the nation have served themselves too.