September 5th, 2011
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TN CM bares her assets

jayalalithaChennai: In what could be described as an example to the heads of other States in the country, Tamilnadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today declared the details of assets held by her in the Assembly. Republic Party president S K Tamilarasan MLA cited a newspaper report which claimed that the Chief Minister had not disclosed the assets held by her. He said Jayalalithaa had been a role model for Chief Ministers.

Jayalalithaa is known for her reliability. But a news report has stated she did not discolse the asset details’, he added. Replying to this, Jayalalithaa said that she had declared assets valued at Rs 51 crore, both movable and immovable, in her election affidavit itself. She said: ‘The member of the House S K Tamilarasan pointed out a newspaper, which carried a report about my disclosure of assets. The report made it seem like unravelling of a secret. There is nothing secretive and hidden about the assets I possess’.

According to the Election Commission, it is mandatory to declare the assets of the candidates who wanted to contest in MP, MLA and Rajya Sabha MP nominations. Under this, in the affidavit filed while filing my nomination papers to contest from Srirangam in the 13 April Tamilnadu Assembly Polls, I mentioned that I have movable assets of Rs 13.03 crore and immovable assets of Rs 38.37 crore which includes 14.5 acres of grapeyards in Andhra Pradesh and Rs one crore in a tea estate in Kodanad in Nilgiris districts, she said.

The Chief Minister further said: ‘I even gave all these informations to the press at that time and all newspapers carried that report. Hence it is not necessary at this point of time to disclose the details about assets since I have already declared it.’

‘After assuming charge as the Chief Minister, I have not bought any property.’ It may be noted that the news report stated no Chief Minister in Tamilnadu has declared his/her assets for a long time.


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